Directed and adapted by Gisli Örn Gardarsson and David Farr
"Visual imagination and startling physical power. A striking marriage of cinematic atmosphere and theatrical artifice."
--The New York Times
"The triumph of the production is that it uses physical ingenuity to get to the tragic heart of Kafka's fable."
"It's grimly disturbing, but illuminated by such brilliant theatricality that it's impossible to tear your eyes away. Potent, startling, visceral and thoughtful."
This hugely acclaimed production of Kafka's Metamorphosis by Icelandic theater collective Vesturport and the Lyric Hammersmith (U.K.) combines breathtaking physicality and daring aerial action as the recently transformed Gregor lithely negotiates a gravity-defying split level set.
Domestic tragedy, or metaphor for totalitarian brutality? Metamorphosis is a disturbing story--fantastic and horrific; surprisingly funny and extremely sad. It is about human nature, relationships between people, and reactions to extreme circumstances. There is a voice within the story--a voice which has been heard all over the world in many forms. The ordinary, unremarkable life of the Samsa family is turned upside down when their son, Gregor, the sole provider for the family, emerges one morning to find himself inexplicably transformed into a gigantic insect. His family's feelings of revulsion turn to resentment with horrifying results.
The production's stunning design keeps the insect permanently visible in a topsy-turvy upstairs room, contorting to the sounds of his family's betrayal and swinging from the rafters, as in a veritable gymnasium. The aerial physicality that has become Gisli Örn Gardarsson's trademark seems a match made in heaven for Kafka's hellish creation. With evocative original music composed by world-renowned musician and lyricist Nick Cave and long-time collaborator Warren Ellis from The Bad Seeds, the music emphasizes Kafka's dream-like vision and turns it into an electrifying reality. In English.
Explore the Arts: On February 20, join a free post-performance discussion with a moderator and members of the company.
Part of Nordic Cool 2013.
Nordic Cool 2013's theater engagements are supported by the
Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.
The Kennedy Center Theater Season is sponsored by Altria Group.
Nordic Cool 2013 is presented in cooperation with
and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and Barbro Osher
Major support is provided by the Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter,
Mrs. Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Dr. Glen Nelson, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation,
David M. Rubenstein, and the State Plaza Hotel.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the
Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
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