Hotel Modern & Arthur Sauer: The Great War

Hotel Modern & Arthur Sauer: The Great War

“Poignant, powerful and yet so simple that, at times, it brings tears to the eyes.” Daily Post

A heartbreaking and unforgettable theatrical experience brilliantly poised between child's play and epic tragedy. The wholly original Dutch theater ensemble Hotel Modern and composer Arthur Sauer re-create the WWI Western Front from dollhouse-scale props and ordinary household materials. Video cameras project the action onto an overhead screen, accompanied by live sound effects and spoken narration from actual soldiers’ letters. 

An idyllic cultivated landscape transforms into a battle-scarred vista of destruction before your eyes, as the entire stage floor becomes a film set for a scaled-down version of the Western Front’s war zone. Company members roam this ruined terrain armed with tiny video cameras, creating an animated film that is projected above scenes that detail—with miniature tanks and toy soldiers—the tragic human enterprise too often glorified by nations’ patriotic zeal. As you simultaneously watch the inventive theater magic unfold and the astonishingly realistic projected images that result, spoken passages from frontline testimonies and soldiers’ letters bring out the heart wrenching price paid by cannon fodder caught in the storm of war.

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FRI 4/17
8:30 pm
SAT 4/18
8:30 pm
$45 $36$23$12
SUN 4/19
7:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff