CRY, TROJANS! (Troilus & Cressida)

Kaaitheater

20/05 – 20:30
21/05 – 20:30
22/05 – 20:30
23/05 – 15:00 + 20:30
24/05 – 15:00
EN > FR / NL
2h 10min (with intermission)

Living legends in experimental theatre are back in Brussels! Since forming in the mid-1970s, the Wooster Group, pioneers in introducing multimedia to the performing arts, have inspired whole generations of artists all over the world. Their adaptation of Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare’s enigmatic Trojan War play, shows, if such proof were needed, that the New York-based group has lost none of its skill for innovation. The Wooster Group approaches Shakespeare’s text from a distinctly American vantage and uses American tribal motifs to tell the Trojan side of his epic story: the fall of the hero and the corruption of true love. Demonstrating their wonderful inventiveness, this latest work by the Wooster Group is definitely not to be missed.

Text by
William Shakespeare

Directed by
Elizabeth LeCompte

With
Ari Fliakos, Scott Shepherd, Andrew Schneider, Greg Mehrten, Kate Valk, Casey Spooner, Suzzy Roche, Koosil-ja, Eric Dyer

Set elements, props, costumes
Folkert de Jong, Delphine Courtillot

Sound
Bruce Odland

Live sound mix
Bobby McElver, Max Bernstein

Lighting
Jennifer Tipton, Ryan Seelig

Video, projections, control interfaces
Andrew Schneider

Stage manager
Teresa Hartmann

Assistant director
Jamie Poskin

Assistant costumes
Enver Chakartash

Assistant video
Robert Wuss

Wardrobe, make-up
Naomi Raddatz

Production manager
Emily Rea

Technical directors
Eric Dyer, Danny Hones

Video totems
Ruud van den Akker, Aron Deyo

Sound consultant
Jim Dawson

Producer
Cynthia Hedstrom

General manager
Pamela Reichen

Marketing manager
Mike Farry

Development manager
Ed Friedman

Archivist
Clay Hapaz

Video dailies
Zbigniew Bzymek

Producers’ Circle
George Ahl, Francesca Connolly, Wendy vanden Heuvel, Jennifer & Kristopher John, Diane & Adam Max, & Michael Tracy

Presentation
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater

Production
The Wooster Group (New York City)

CRY, TROJANS! (Troilus & Cressida) began as a collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company. That production, titled Troilus and Cressida, was commissioned by the RSC for the World Shakespeare Festival, part of the London 2012 Olympics Festival

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A note from The Wooster Group

As part of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, we collaborated with the Royal Shakespeare Company on a production of Troilus andCressida. They played the Greeks and we played the Trojans.

In the early development period, the two companies worked separately and without much communication, so each company was able to develop its own style. We set about staging our scenes, and our side of the shared scenes, having no idea what the RSC actors were going to do. In preparing to encounter the RSC, we knew we needed to approach the text with a distinctly American voice, and we began exploring Native American film culture. We selected a few films to work with made by indigenous filmmakers and/or featuring indigenous actors. Our performers wear earpieces and listen to these films as they perform, using the cadence and intonations of the movie dialogue influence the delivery of Shakespeare’s text. Over time we committed to the American Indian idea more completely, reimagining the Trojans as a made-up tribe under siege by British invaders. We set this story in a fantasy theatrical world made in collaboration with artist Folkert de Jong.

After our UK engagement with the RSC was over, we reworked the piece into something we could continue to perform without them. For CRY, TROJANS! we’ve cut most of the Greek scenes and focused on the Trojan side of the story. To portray the Greek characters when needed, we wear masks and follow the London performance as a kind of “ghost” track, invoking the absent enemy by emulating the RSC voices.

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Founded in 1975 by Elizabeth LeCompte and Spalding Gray, The Wooster Group has made more than 30 works for theater, dance, film, and video under the direction of LeCompte. These works include RUMSTICK ROAD (1977), L.S.D. (…JUST THE HIGH POINTS…) (1984), FRANK DELL’S THE TEMPTATION OF ST. ANTONY (1988), BRACE UP! (1991), THE EMPEROR JONES (1993), HOUSE/LIGHTS (1999), TO YOU, THE BIRDIE! (Phèdre) (2002), HAMLET (2007), THERE IS STILL TIME..BROTHER (2007), LA DIDONE (2009), VIEUX CARRÉ (2011), and EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS (2014). Based at The Performing Garage at 33 Wooster Street in lower Manhattan, the company regularly tours worldwide, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The Performing Garage is part of the Grand Street Artists Co-op, a 1960s project of the Fluxus art movement.

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