The Production: Theater company Carte Blanche drops its suitcases in San Francisco to re-imagine the story of Hamlet's tragic heroine, Ophelia. Inspired by Arthur Rimbaud's elegiac poem to this remarkable woman, the story follows Ophelia beyond the pages of Shakespeare as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery.
In this newly revealed chapter, Ophelia travels the world searching for her identity. Lost in her dreams of Hamlet and the letters he sent her, she makes her way through strange and unknown countries, languages, and cultures. Always on the run, she flees from town to town, struggling with memories and dreams, with the ebb and flow of the tide of life as her constant companion.
At the crossroads between dance and theater, Ophelia is a meditation on the timelessness of this experience. Artistic Director Charline Formenty channels her own story as an immigrant through this Shakesperian myth, while Rimbaud's text helps connect the tale to her French roots. The poem itself is a direct critique of Ophelia's naivety, as well as a love letter to the legend.
The Company: Constantly in search of fresh movement, colorful and audacious expressivity, Carte Blanche mixes levity and depth to create innovative and engaging performances which present a respectfuly iconoclastic perspective on our artistic heritages, a contemporary reflexion on intrinsic, yet often invisible cultural memories.
Through dance, theatre and interactive video, Carte Blanche performs accessible, honest and articulated work, using dreams, poetry, humor, language and cultural diversity as a starting point for a thoughtful narrative, a journey into our human identity.
Founded by two French women (Charline Formenty and Marie Walburg Plouviez) in search for a cultural bridge between their culture and the city they live in, Carte Blanche is a dance/theatre company based in San Francisco, Bay Area.
Artistic director Charline Formenty plays in nuances with generosity and spontaneity, passion and light, seduction and presence, freedom and rigor to share her poetic approach on existential problems and pushes the doors between truth and invisibility.
Directed by Formenty and performed by Marie W. Plouviez, Ophelia is the first creation of the San Francisco based company Carte Blanche.
Tickets are $12 online and, if available, $15 at the door. For more information on the company, please visit http://carteblanche-sf.com/.
2840 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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