Was It A Dream I Loved
To mark the centennial of Vaslav Nijinsky's Afternoon of a Faun, the Oakland-based dance theater group this sweet nothing presents an evening-length performance inspired by the seminal ballet. Since its controversial premiere by Les Ballets Russes in Paris in 1912, during which outraged patrons caused a near riot, Afternoon of a Faun has been revisited by artists ranging from Jerome Robbins and Mikhail Baryshnikov to Freddie Mercury and Queen.
For this re-imagined fantasy, choreographer Sonsherée Giles, composer Caroline Penwarden, and visual artist Heike Liss create an erotic and teasing dreamscape, charged with sexual ambiguity and undermining our sense of what is "real". Giles draws on her daily observations of downtown Oakland and uses art history to inform her choreographic work and artistic voice. Penwarden's live score mixes voice, wood-based percussion, electric guitar, accordion and more to create soundscapes informed by liturgy, ecology, African music, and rock. The proliferating images created by Liss, composed in real time and digitally "painted" on the dance and music, complement and question the sound and movement to complete the high voltage interplay.
The three protagonists will be joined by dancers from AXIS Dance Company, as well as guest artists Lisa Bufano, Amy Lewis, Rebecca Gilbert, Janet Das, John Carnahan, Kevin Atkinson, Alicia Ruth, Damon Waitkus, Aram Shelton, Noah Phillips, Jim Kassis, Jason Hoopes and Beth Custer.
This project was generously supported by CA$H, a grants program of Theatre Bay Area, in partnership with Dancers' Group, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Clorox Company Foundation, the East Bay Fund for Artists, AXIS Dance Company, and Oakland School of the Arts.
**Tickets still available for the Sunday performance. Same-day tickets sold at the door for all performances (subject to availability)**
Marion E. Green Black Box Theater at the Fox Theater (View)
530 19th Street
Oakland, CA 94606
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|