From the author: “What started as a quick trip to Seattle to see some friends and some theatre turned into a Theatre Journal performance review of Joseph and Zhenya Lavy’s The Glas Nocturne. I love writing about Akropolis Performance Lab; the work is always virtuosic, irrefutable, and strangely joyful.”
Je Suis le Fils de Quelqu’un:
A reflection on touring The Glas Nocturne to Akron OH, November 2015
By Joseph Lavy
“You have the song. You must ask yourself where this song began.” ~J. Grotowski
I can’t seem to write the post I want to write.
I want to write a long meditation on heritage and homecomings;
about artistic fathers and family re-membered
over coffee and broken bread;
how the past and the present converged
over wine and rillettes
and how a bottle of aquavit can almost reach the Hour of the Wolf.
I want to write a treatise about the fallacy of linear time
and a Thanksgiving hymn of gratitude
to my colleagues for their faith, talents, and work,
to our hosts for their hospitality,
for artistic homes;
a cry of deep joy
sprung from meeting the challenges of
transforming our performance from one sort of
intimacy to another,
without loss or sacrifice;
a profound parable
of returning and laying it all on the line
before those people–visible and invisible–
who matter the most
and who prove that you are not a vagabond
but that you come from some country,
which is still there
and which is you
near or far.
“The Story of the Girl,” segment from Akropolis Performance Lab’s The Glas Nocturne, Saturday, November 21, 2015, at The Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture/New World Performance Lab in Akron OH. L-R: Joseph Lavy, Emily Jo Testa, Catherine Lavy, Annie Paladino, and Zhenya Lavy.
We are thrilled to announce that we are remounting The Glas Nocturne in Seattle (Nov 5-7 & 12-14) and in Akron OH (Nov 20-21)! The Ohio tour is hosted by Akron’s Center for Applied Theatre & Active Culture / New World Performance Lab. It’s our first tour out of Washington State, and we can’t wait to share this potent piece with new audiences.
- Seattle showings information and link to the invitation request form is here.
- Ohio showing tickets are purchased through BPT.
Check out our new Glas trailer video, too!
Learn more about our Ohio host, the Center for Applied Theatre & Active Culture / New World Performance Lab, on their website.
Although we restricted marketing for The Glas Nocturne to social media and word-of-mouth, word has gotten out quite well. So well, in fact, that we are extending our run by a full week beyond our initial expectation!
If you haven’t yet gotten a seat, we have just 30 available between now and June 7.
Check out some of what’s being said about this truly remarkable performance!
- “Exquisite theatrical (and almost secret) production by Akropolis Performance Lab” – Review by Miryam Gordon, May 25, 2015
“And you really should do everything you can to see Akropolis Performance Lab‘s production of The Glas Nocturne. If you appreciate a true theatrical experience, that is.”
- Review by Rachel Rutherford
“Like a fairy-tale for grownups, a tale from the long dark nights and cool midnight-suns of Sweden, this unhurried evocation is presented like a ripe strawberry, on the eve of summer. Featuring the exquisite physical and vocal mastery of Joseph Lavy as Dr. Glas, and the superb vocalizations and piano performances by Zhenya Lavy and company.”
Just 30 seats remain through June 7, so act quickly to get your invitation!
Yesterday we premiered Pomegranate & Ash: An Experiment in Theatre of Polyphony in On the Boards’ Open Studio #6 — and today OTB has confirmed that we are the first group to fully pack the house!
Here’s a sampling of audience responses:
- “The ensemble was so tight. Precise and tuned into each other.”
- “The music was amazing!”
- “Their dance [Dance of Seduction by Sara Kaus and Trevor Young Marston] was really powerful!”
- “The girl’s [Catherine Lavy] song made me cry!”
- “It’s hard to believe you’ve only been working together as an ensemble for three months!”
- “Very moving. Even though there was no story, the imagery and the way you layered everything together was striking.”
- “It was refreshing to see a performance that was truly interdisciplinary!”
Were you there? We’d love to get your feedback, too! Please email us or comment below.
Thank you to On the Boards for organizing this event.
Pomegranate & Ash continues to evolve. Look for additional showing announcements through this Spring and Summer.
Pomegranate and Ash takes TS Eliot’s Ash Wednesday, Monteverdi madrigals, the Hymn of Demeter, music from the Shaker tradition, and each performer’s personal biography as source material for an original performance rooted in themes of separation, loss, and reunification.
The entire ensemble performs in this piece, including all our new Artistic Associates and Apprentices.
Admission to Open Studio is by donation only: $5 suggested.