On May 17th + 18th, 2009, I presented excerpts from Bride of Wildenstein – the Musical at REDCAT.
Have you ever gone too far for love?
In Bride of Wildenstein, an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture her philandering game hunter husband’s attention. Using puppets and masks to augment the body, this solo cabaret performance playfully unpacks desire and the contagion of identity with songs that examine the making of a monstrosity.
The weird and tragic love story wildly reimagines tabloid accounts of the real-life “cat woman”, Jocelyn Wildenstein. As the protagonist’s marriage dissolves, she begins to reinvent herself through drastic measures. But biomedical and surgical procedures to become more feline only heighten her sense of estrangement and embolden her quest to find a fiercer sense of self.
May 17, 2009
May 18, 2009
The performances were part of the Spring 2009 edition of Studio, a quarterly series that featured a curated program of six new interdisciplinary experimental works-in-progress by Los Angeles dance, theater, music and multimedia artists.
The Roy + Edna
REDCAT is an interdisciplinary contemporary arts center for innovative visual, performing and media arts located in downtown Los Angeles inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. Each season REDCAT presents a far-reaching roster of work by globally renowned artists, inside one of the most versatile and technologically advanced presentation spaces in the world.
Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical
Marsian + P.J. McWhiskers
Marsian De Lellis
Set + Pop-Up Design
Lighting Design +
Brandon Stirling Baker
E. Martin Giminez
Pop – Up Assistant
Marsian De Lellis
Renata De Lellis
The Spring 2009 edition of Studio was curated by Chi-wang Yang and Anna B. Scott, and included the following six original works:
ARIANNE MACBEAN /
THE BIG SHOW C0:
Performed by Genevieve Carson and Brad Culver, this bittersweet dance duet charts the forces of desire that draw people closer and the failures of communication that hold them apart.
COLOR ME PURPLE
Centered on the boundary-blurring sexual appeal of recording artist Prince, Color Me Purple mixes elements of contemporary dance, burlesque, drag and video to examine art and the art of arousal.
JASMINE ORPILLA + CO:
ANNAY PUSO –
HOW TO PRESERVE A DYING TRADITION, PT. 1
Singing in the regional Filipino tradition of tapat, Orpilla’s Annay Puso (My Heart is in Pain) is both a powerful vocalization of a male suitor’s courtship and a haunting homage to a vanishing form.
With exuberant energy and inspiring skill, this Pan-African music and dance ensemble celebrates the common roots and distinctive fruits of African diaspora cultures in the U.S., Cuba and Brazil.
MARSIAN + COMPANY:
BRIDE OF WILDENSTEIN – THE MUSICAL
In a toy theater-inspired musical extravaganza, performer and puppeteer Marsian De Lellis delves into the tabloid headlines to invent the present-day tale of an aging socialite’s dramatic desire and radical reconfiguration.
PEGGY JO PABUSTAN
+ SASHA GRANSJEAN:
FOR EVERYDAY LIFE
As personable Life Coaches, Peggy Jo & Sasha demonstrate role playing techniques for more authentic living that rapidly devolve from empowering to violent to degrading in this funny and disturbing work.