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The Old Woman / New York

  • BAM / Howard Gilman Opera House 30 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217 USA (map)

"Oscar-nominated actor and founding member of The Wooster Group Willem Dafoe and legendary performer Mikhail Baryshnikov are a dapper odd couple, forced to deal with the most considerate–and inanimate–of houseguests, in this surreal marriage of absurdism, pitch-perfect black comedy, and vaudeville from director Robert Wilson.

Based on the recently rediscovered writings of Russian avant-garde author Daniil Kharms–a master of Beckettian and Kafkaesque nonsensical drama–and adapted by Darryl Pinckney, Wilson's meticulously designed production riffs ingeniously on Kharm's warped, disorienting world.  Exquisitely lit sets flicker between flatness and depth, repeated gestures and phrases become deliriously strange, and Baryshnikov and Dafor dazzle as two sides of the same corkscrewed mind, tending darkly to their unknown visitor." 


Direction, set design, and lighting concept by Robert Wilson

Written by Daniil Khams

Adapted by Darryl Pinckney

Music by Hal Willner

Costumes by Jacques Reynaud

Lighting design by A.J. Weissbard

Sound design by Marco Olivieri

A Baryshnikov Productions, Change Performing Art and The Watermill Center Project.  Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris/Festival d'Automne à Paris and deSingel, Antwerp.


More information and tickets here.

Earlier Event: June 24
The Coronation of Poppea / Paris
Later Event: June 25
The Old Woman / New York