On May 17th & 18th, 2009, I presented excerpts from Bride of Wildenstein – the Musical at REDCAT. In Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical, an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband.
The performances were prat of the Spring 2009 edition of Studio, a quarterly series for interdisciplinary experimentation that featured a curated program of six new works and works-in-progress by Los Angeles dance, theater, music and multimedia artists. The performances were Sunday, May 17 at 8:30pm and Monday, May 18 at 8:30pm
Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical
written by Marsian & P.J. McWhiskers
performed by Marsian De Lellis
Music composed by Josh Senick
Directed with Leila Ghaznavi
Dramaturgy: Leila Ghaznavi
Set & pop-up design: EuGean Seo
Costume design: Rachel Weir
Lighting design / Assistant Director: Brandon Stirling Baker
Co-producer: Jennifer Kobloskyy
Composer: Josh Senick
Vocal Coach / Sound Assistant: Sarah Ibrahim
Sound: E. Martin Giminez
Technical Director: Sarah Sowel
Scenic Artist: Amanda Smith
Puppet Builder: Chase Woolner
Pop – Up Assistant: Chi Kyung
Technical Supervisor: Byung Lee
Art Direction: Marsian De Lellis
Special Thanks to Janie Geiser, Susan Simpson, Ellen McCartney, Chris Barecca, Rafael Lopez-Barrantes, Jane Pickett, Renata De Lellis, Steven Levine, Lynn Rosenfeld, David Hanbury, Curtis Mueller, Michael McIntire, Circus in Miniature (2008), Performing Objects Lab
More from the Program:
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 CO.: ORBITS
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.
BETHANY WARD-LAWE: 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.
L’ESPRIT D’AFRIQUE: AXE URBANO
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:
PERFORMANCE ART 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.