HAGGADDAH

Genre: Other
Witness Relocation will re-envision the Passover story and the act of coming together to tell it.

Witness Relocation (http://witnessrelocation.org), whom Performing Arts Journal dubbed "a dance-theater anarchist's utopia," will perform "Haggaddah," a work based on the Passover Seder, March 19 to 29 in La MaMa's Annex Theater. The project will link post-modern dance, narrative storytelling, rock concerts, lectures, and dramatic scenes into a vibrant artistic rendering of one of the world’s most ancient holidays, presenting the story in a way that anyone from any culture can get inside it.

Audiences will be seated at a 50 foot long table, with the show happening on and around it. The traditional Seder is a ritual telling of the Exodus from Egypt on an intimate scale. This show examines the ritual in a large, post-modern context. There will be a spectacle combining dance, theater, music and design to immerse the audience in an intense re-envisioning of both the story and the act of coming together to tell it.

Though the word Seder literally means "order" in Hebrew, Dan Safer's retelling of the Haggaddah will rely more on chaos with the potential for order to arise from it. There will be a montage of forms, including (but not limited to) narrative storytelling, rock concerts, lecture/demonstration·and dramatic scenes. Safer promises "an all out, dance/theater/spectacle, full of sex, violence, blood, guts, avenging angels, oceans splitting in half, slavery, plagues, etc." He adds, "Lots of times the Seder can be incredibly dull, but its story kicks ass.


About the Company: Witness Relocation

Witness Relocation combines dance and theater with the energy of a rock show, exploding contemporary culture into intensely physical, outrageous, poetic, and sometimes brutal performances in order to question the assumptions of the modern day experience.

Started in 2000 and led by director/choreographer Dan Safer, the critically acclaimed, award winning company has made over 10 original productions, engaged in a 2 year residency at Patravadi Theater in Bangkok, performed in night clubs, theaters, rock videos and Thai soap operas. Lately they work in the US and internationally.

Open:   03/19/09
Close:   03/29/09

Schedule:
Th-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2:30 pm
Theater:   La Mama E.T.C.
Address:   74A E. 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
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Cost:$25
Buy Tickets Online or Call: www.lamama.org at (212) 475-7710
Company: Witness Relocation         Official Web Site: www.witnessrelocation.org