A DANCE – THEATRE OPERA BY DU YUN, MATTHEW MAGUIRE, AND PAUL WARNER
Please join us for a sneak preview of selections from Women: The War Within, a new dance-theatre opera with direction and musical staging by Paul Warner, a spring 2013 Princess Grace Foundation-USA Works in Progress resident artist at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Collaborating with Warner are a team of renowned artists – including internationally-performed composer and musician Du Yun, Obie Award-winning librettist Matthew Maguire, internationally acclaimed choreographer Stephen Petronio, New York City Ballet’s premiere ballerina Wendy Whelan (Cleopatra), Obie Award-winning actress Ching Valdes-Aran (Aung San Suu Kyi), Drama Desk Award Nominee Jennifer Lim (Empress Wang), Obie Award-winning performer and director Winsome Brown (Hillary Clinton), critically acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer (Cleopatra) and one of the leading performers of the Kunju style of Chinese opera Qian Yi (Wu Zeitan).
In this new multi-disciplinary work that explores the rise of female consciousness in the pursuit of power, four of the most powerful women in history meet: Empress Wu, the only female Empress of China, Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Egypt, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist of Burma, and Hillary Clinton, American stateswoman. The ancient ones are haunted by the murders and seductions by which they forged their path to power. Encountering their warlike ancestors in a parallel universe, how will Aung San Suu Kyi and Hillary Clinton confront the war within? How does power transform us?
Showings will be held at:
The Baryshnikov Arts Center in the Jerome Robbins Theater 450 West 37th Street New York, NY 10018 [Between 9th and 10th Avenues]
Wednesday, June 26 at 2PM (Preview Performance) Thursday, June 27 at 6:30PM Friday, June 28 at 3PM
The running time is approximately 45 to 60 minutes. (The showing on June 27th will be followed by a brief reception )