Three-year collaboration with theater director Mark Jackson culminating in co-direction of a dance theater production of Antigonick, Anne Carson’s radical translation of Antigone. Produced and presented by Shotgun Players.
Core creative questions:
How can the work be as radical as the source material?
How do you balance the ambiguity and abstraction of dance with the demands of storytelling?
What is the relationship between artistic desires and audience needs?
ANTIGONE: We begin in the dark and birth is the death of us ISMENE: Who said that ANTIGONE: Hegel
ISMENE: Sounds more like Beckett ANTIGONE: He was paraphrasing Hegel.
Performers: Kevin Clarke, Monique Jenkinson, Rami Margron, Parker Murphy, David Sinaiko, Kenny Toll, Megan Trout, Soren Santos
Co-Directors: Mark Jackson and Hope Mohr
Set: Nina Ball
Lighting: Stephanie Buchner
Sound: Teddy Hulsker
Costumes: Christine Crook
Props: Kirsten Royston
Stage Management: Katherine Bickford, Christina Bauer
-- Irene Hsiao,"Astounding Antigonick at Berkeley's Shotgun Players," SF Weekly, March 25, 2015
"Jackson, an inventive director with a penchant for expressive physical interpretations of texts, and Mohr, best known as a choreographer, fill the stage with endlessly intriguing, propulsive and slowly evolving movement patterns — drawing on everything from unexpected variations on hopscotch and other children’s games to insect-scuttling, wobbling in high heels or hobbled by fallen pantyhose, walking on tiptoe or just leaning in."
-- Robert Hurwitt, "In Antigonick, ancient tragedy explodes in modern forms," S.F. Chronicle, March 27, 2015
Shotgun Players, March 19 - April 19, 2015