Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Yale Performances Have 'No Boundaries'

No Boundaries, a series of global performances presented by Yale Repertory Theatre and World Performance Project at Yale has announced the 2009-2010 season, which includes Wormwood by Theatre of the Eighth Day (Teatr ├ôsmego Dnia); The Be(A)st of Taylor Mac written and performed by Taylor Mac; and Baby-Q’s MESs by Yoko Higashino and Toshio Kajiwara.

No Boundaries celebrates the diversity of voices and experiences in today’s world and explores—and explodes—the frontiers of theatrical invention through cutting-edge, thought-provoking dance, music, and theatre. Tearing down cultural, linguistic, and geographic barriers, No Boundaries extends and enhances the educational mission of Yale University through a series of performances by artistic innovators from around the globe.

Here's the lineup:
POLAND
WORMWOOD
by Theatre of the Eighth Day (Teatr Ósmego Dnia)
Nov. 5-7 at 8 pm Iseman Theater (1156 Chapel Street)

Like a diary from a journey across a country plunging into the night, or a letter written by shipwrecked people who entrust it to the sea, Wormwood blurs the line between fantasy and reality in its portrayal of life in Poland under martial law. At once heartbreaking, humorous, and brutally physical, Wormwood—performed by the original Polish cast—is a rare remounting of the landmark 1985 production that prompted Theatre of the Eighth Day’s exile from Poland.

For mature audiences. Performed in Polish with English supertitles. Approximate running time: 60 minutes. Wormwood is presented in association with the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.

USA
THE BE(A)ST OF TAYLOR MAC
, written and performed by Taylor Mac, directed by David Drake

Jan. 28-30 at 8pm, University Theatre (222 York Street)

New York solo performance art legend Taylor Mac sings about love, mermaids, subway safety, and revolution in The Be(A)st of Taylor Mac, a wild—and wildly funny—gender-bending fusion of cabaret, politics, and stark raving fabulousness.

Contains strong language. Approximate running time: 90 minutes.

JAPAN
Baby-Q’s MESs
by Yoko Higashino and Toshio Kajiwara

March 25-27 at 8 pm, Iseman Theater (1156 Chapel Street)

Piercing lasers, flashing LEDs, and a pulsing techno beat illuminate choreographer and performer Yoko Higashino’s exploration of gender and transformation in a world of constant loss and confusion.

For mature audiences. Approximate running time: 45 minutes.

Each performance is followed by a talk back with the artists. In addition, No Boundaries offers a variety of related workshops and lectures (TBA) that allow audiences to engage with its diverse group of artists before and after the performances. All events are free and open to the public.


For more information, please visit www.yale.edu/wpp and yalerep.org/noboundaries.

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