Day: May 1, 2018

“Possession:” Music And Movement Dominate Performance On Hermits, Deserts And Demons

Possession was performed twice during D-Caf festival, and is directed by Tom Bailey. English director Tom Bailey worked with Egyptian actors from El-Warsha troupe to create Possession, a performance based on the experiences and writings of Egyptian Desert Hermits from the third century, blending choreography, music, dance, and poetry. The play was performed twice at Studio Nasibian Theatre as part of the D-Caf festival, which concluded on March 29. The subject came to Bailey’s attention through the work of French author Gustave Flaubert, who in 1874 published a book about St. Anthony, an Egyptian hermit of the 3rd and 4th...

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Bread of Life: Bread and Puppet Theater’s “The Basic Bye Bye Show”

As The Basic Byebye Show comes to an end, a pair of enormous papier mâché angel’s wings protruding from the edges of the diminutive proscenium begin to beat, as if they might carry the stage and all it has contained away to some more palatable and purifying paradise. It is a gesture of valediction that perfectly captures the exultantly critical ethos of Bread and Puppet Theater’s work, which always concerns bidding farewell to the world as it is and charting a course toward the world as it could and should be. Bread and Puppet Theater has been making anarchic,...

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