Brigitte Maria Mayer

Brigitte Maria Mayer: Anatomie Titus: Fall of Rome

with a discussion led by Peter Sellars

“An adventurous, independently designed work on the process of civilization, the collateral damages of progress, and everyday media overflow.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

U.S. premiere

Co-presented with Villa Aurora and the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles.

The Berlin-based artist traces a via dolorosa through the modern world in a timely new video based on Heiner Müller’s excoriating 1984 adaptation of Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s blood-soaked revenge drama. Presented as a triptych that is as lyrical as it is terrifying, Mayer’s piece extends Müller’s parable to a global narrative of contemporary empire in which footage shot on locations across Africa and Asia is contrasted against highly stylized in-studio passages featuring cinema icon Jeanne Moreau (appearing as Goth queen Tamora). Müller, the most provocative playwright of the erstwhile East Germany, used his commentary to address imperial violence and the fateful cycle of brutality it begets; Mayer’s Anatomie Titus reminds us that those concerns remain just as relevant today, 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The screening is followed by a discussion with the artist, renowned director Peter Sellars and noted director and theorist John Rouse.

Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

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TUES 10/27
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff