the builders association and Motiroti

the builders association
and Motiroti


"...a poetic extravaganza that effortlessly blends words, music, film, video art, and the vivid performances of five versatile onstage actors who waft you into the mysterious world of a Bangalore call center…. If you’re anywhere near any of [the show’s touring venues], go out of your way to see it."
The Wall Street Journal

"Wit keeps morphing into seriousness. Narrative and abstraction play games with each other. It’s unsettingly clear that the literal boundaries of America’s global empire stretch as far as the boundaries of our imagination."
The New York Times

"As witty, brisk and informative as it is engaging and stylistically audacious, Alladeen is almost everything you could wish for in a modern theatre piece."
Manchester Evening News

"A riveting exploration of the social, cultural, economic, intellectual and emotional magic carpet ride we all are on at this moment."
Chicago Sun-Times

Los Angeles Premiere

Co-producers: Arts International, Barbican BITE:03, Le-Maillon, Strasbourg, and Romaeuropa Festival 03, Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Alladeen is a highly visual, cross-media collaboration between the New York-based ensemble The Builders Association and London’s motiroti—the duo of Keith Khan and Ali Zaidi, a pair known for spectacles, installations, and performances. The Internet is seen as the modern magic carpet in this hallucinatory work directed by Marianne Weems. The piece combines electronic music, new video techniques, an architectural set and live performance to explore the myth of Alladeen—a.k.a. Aladdin—and related themes of wish fulfillment and non-traditional global travel via high technology.

Co-commissioners: The Wexner Center for the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Walker Art Center, REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), and the MIST Residency Program at The Kitchen.

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Date/Time G ST CA
Wed. 3.3.04, 8:30 pm $34 $28 $16
Thu. 3.4.04, 8:30 pm$34$28$16
Fri. 3.5.04, 8:30 pm$38$30$18
Sat. 3.6.04, 8:30 pm$38$30$18
Sun. 3.7.08, 8:30pm$34$28$16

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff