The Anunnaki Project presents Gods of the Night
The gods of the land, the goddesses,
Shamash, Sin, Adad, Ishtar,
Sun, Moon, turmoil, love
Lie down to sleep in heaven.
The Anunnaki Project, a nonprofit organization devoted to depicting ancient myths and legends via theatre, music, circus arts, and dance, will present their latest work, Gods of the Night, on July 25-26, 2008 at Shorecrest Performing Arts Center in Shoreline, WA. In a unique blend of European cirque and classic storytelling theater, this production invites audiences to steep themselves in tales both glorious and tragic drawn from ancient Mesopotamian mythology.
As our country's politics and the planet itself are heating up in 2008, The Anunnaki Project continues to bring profound, but oft-forgotten, stories back to life. Their soaring, nuanced productions, which frequently blur the boundary between performer and audience, also act as an antidote to the numbing, isolating world of mass media.
In a darkened theatre, The Anunnaki Project asks its audience to imagine the night sky 5,000 years ago; without city lights or pollution to obscure the view, the Mesopotamian people looked to the stars as divine messengers of the magical world.
Even as we have clouded the sky and made the world too chaotic to notice these subtle celestial progressions, the legacy of the ancient world still penetrates our minds to this day. Since the extinction of these fascinating cultures, tablet upon tablet of hymn, prayer, poem, and tale about the empyreal gods have been discovered, and these translations are the source and inspiration for this production. The aerialists, dancers, and storytellers of Gods of the Night invite their audience to travel back to the ancient Mesopotamian world as they open the sky to dance with the eldritch gods of the night.
This production will be presented in three sections: Prayers to the Gods of Night, The Planets, and Descent of Inanna. Highlights of the show include nimble, powerful aerial dance depictions of celestial deities Shamash (Sun), Sin (Moon), Ishtar (Venus) and Nergal (Mars). The epic Descent of Inanna features a cast of 40 dancers and an appearance by Ereshkigal, Queen of the Sumerian Underworld. Each piece in the production will feature athletic, entrancing performances on a variety of aerial apparatus including trapeze, tissu, hoop, sling, and harness. Company choreographer Nicole Sasala and ensemble members have been working together to create this innovative presentation of ancient stories.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the show begins. The show runs about 2 hours including a 20 minute intermission.
Gods of the Night is a Parental Guidance suggested production (due to potentially-frightening imagery and characters) and is not recommended for most children under 10 years of age. Please use discretion when purchasing your tickets.
Shorecrest Performing Arts Center
15343 25th AVE NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
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|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|