La MaMa brings Grusomhetens Teater's production of Henrik Ibsen's unfinished opera libretto The Mountain Bird to The Ellen Stewart Theatre for 4 performances - March 2 - 5, 2017. This will be the US premiere of The Mountain Bird and director Lars Øyno answered 6 Questions about the show, Artaud and directing this unfinished text by Ibsen.
Q: What was the original inspiration behind deciding to stage Ibsen’s The Mountain Bird?
A: After many years of staging physical performances in the name of the French theatre poet Antonin Artaud, I thought it was time to make a change in the repertoire. Not leaving Artaud, but together with him--seeing if there could be other horizons to conquer. By coincidence I found Ibsen’s unfinished opera libretto, and thought this could lead to a change.
Q: What was the biggest challenge in staging The Mountain Bird?
A: The biggest challenge was to mount the complicated songs on stage.
Q: How is this production different than other Grusomhetens Teater productions?
A: This time our spectacle appears like a theatre performance from the 1860`s – a "costume drama."
Q: Who inspires you?
A: The Marx Brothers.
Q: What is the last good book you read?
A: Enid Starkie, Arthur Rimbaud: A Biography.
Q: What does working at La MaMa mean to you?
A: All I’ve done so far as a director of Grusomhetens Teater for these past 25 years has lead me to the point where Artaud can now have the opportunity to speak on this legendary stage.
Directed by Lars Øyno
March 02 - March 05, 2017Thursday to Saturday at 7PM; Sunday at 4PM
Ellen Stewart Theatre 66 East 4th Street New York, NY 10003
Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors; ten tickets are available for every performance for $10 each, advance sales only, as part of La MaMa's 10 @ $10 ticketing initiative.
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