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Kharmful Charms of Daniil Kharms
Art|Works Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
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Kharmful Charms of Daniil Kharms
After a riotous oversold presentation of the workshop production last spring, Daniil Kharms* is back with a vengeance!  And he is more charming, macabre, and scintillating than ever!A mad-gang of artists and scientists of underground American Russian Theatre Ensemble Laboratory (a local theatrical smithy, forging invention with craftsman's precision)  brings you Russian Surrealist Absurdist Comedy at its most decadent and illogical, violent and erotic. An evening of not-so-innocent pranks and antics, vignettes and dreamlike incidents set live musical soundlife. *Daniil Kharms (1905-1942) was an early Soviet-era surrealist and absurdist poet, writer and dramatist.By the late 1920s, his antirational verse, nonlinear theatrical performances, and public displays of iniquitous and irrational behavior earned Kharms - who always dressed like an English dandy with a calabash pipe - the reputation of being a talented but highly eccentric "fool" or "crazy-man" in Leningrad cultural circles. He was imprisoned in the psychiatric ward at Leningrad Prison No. 1. and died in his cell in February, 1942 -- most likely, from starvation, as the Nazi blockade of Leningrad had already begun. His writings (a vast assortment of stories, miniatures, plays, poems, and pseudo-scientific, philosophical investigations) were virtually unknown until 1970's, and not published officially in Russia until "glasnost".This production is paying respects to Daniil Kharms' founded avant-garde collective OBERIU, or Union of Real Art, whose aesthetic centered around a belief in the autonomy of art from real world's rules and logic, and the intrinsic meaning to be found in objects and words outside of their practical function.ENSEMBLE:  Jessica Richmond, Garth Whitten, Valerie McCann, Julia Garcia Combs, Scott Thewes, Jonathan Green, Nadja Bobyleva, Diana Wyenn, Estela Garcia, Felicity Doyle, Heather Rush, Penny Folger, Kris Bicknell, Jesse Parce, Katira Alvarez, Cecilia De Rico, Tara Strand, and friends.   COLLABORATORS: Director:Olya Petrakova ^ Essential Collaborator:Bryan Brown ^ Assistant Directors: Jessica L. Richmond & Cecilia De Rico ^ Producer: Olya Petrakova and Don Cesario ^ Music: Ensemble ^ Songs by: Jef Bek, Olya Petrakova, Scott Thewes ^ Art Installations, Objects, Props, Ephemera, Readymades, Assemblages: Ensemble, Julian Rozzell Jr, Hannah Manfredi ^  Musical Co-conspirators: Monsieur Incroyable ^ Graphic Art: Ivan Gulkov ^ Photo Art: Taso Papadakis ^ Set:Joel Daavid ^ Choreography: Teresa Anne Volgenau, Olya Petrakova, Yuri Nelzine ^ Costumes:Ensemble, Meera Rangachar, Olya Petrakova & Nataya Designs ^ Lights:Matt Richter ^  Stage Manager: Marie Turcotte Hills.Run: Feb 19- March 20, 2010Art|Works Theatre6567 Santa Monica Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90038Information Line: 323-871-8382


Art|Works Theatre
6567 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
United States


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 15
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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