The Wooster Group

The Wooster Group: La Didone

"The mind-bending pyrotechnics—visual, aural and intellectual—never stop in 'La Didone' ... so unusually stimulating (not to mention so entertaining)." —New York Times

West Coast premiere

The Wooster Group's production of Francesco Cavalli's La Didone takes up a work from the days when opera was an emerging art form, born out of the power of the voice and the lute in pure acoustic space, and sets it down in a new world splintered by telepresence and made brazen by the electric guitar.

Then, traveling further forward in time, and stirring another Italian cultural artifact into the mix, the Group brings into collision the ancient shipwreck tale of Aeneas with the crashed spaceships of Mario Bava's 1965 low-budget sci-fi horror film Terrore nello spazio (Planet of the Vampires).

The elements of this cult movie—the sleek matching leather space uniforms, the forbidding planetary landscapes, the battles with the walking dead over the all-important meteor rejector—come into unexpected synergy with the baroque textures of Cavalli's score and the classic themes of the Dido story: the loss of culture and family, the destructive (and redemptive) power of erotic passion, and the sheer tenacity of human nature in the face of annihilation.

With: Hai-Ting Chinn, Ari Fliakos, Jennifer Griesbach, Hank Heijink, Andrew Nolen, Kamala Sankaram, Scott Shepherd, Harvey Valdes, Kate Valk, David Walker, Judson Williams, and John Young

Director: Elizabeth LeCompte
Music Director: Bruce Odland
Set: Ruud van den Akker
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
Sound: Matt Schloss, Omar Zubair
Video: Zbigniew Bzymek, Joby Emmons, Andrew Schneider
Production Manager: Bozkurt Karasu
Assistant Director and Baroque Gesture Coach: Jennifer Griesbach
Stage Manager: Teresa Hartmann
Technical Director: Aron Deyo
Master Electrician: Rob Reese
Costumes: Antonia Belt

Production: The Wooster Group, KunstenFESTIVALdesArts
Coproduction: Edinburgh International Festival, Productiehuis Rotterdam (Rotterdamse Schouwburg), Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, CC Belém (Lisboa)

Funded in part with generous support from Lillian and Jon Lovelace, and Judith O. and Robert E. Rubin.

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Date/TimeGSTCA
THUR 6/11
8:30 pm
$50$40$25
FRI 6/12
8:30 pm
$50$40$25
SAT 6/13
8:30 pm
$55$45$35
SUN 6/14
7:00 pm
$55$45$35
TUE 6/16
8:30 pm
$55$45$35
WED 6/17
8:30 pm
$55$45$35
FRI 6/19
8:30 pm
$55$45$35
SAT 6/20
8:30 pm
$55$45$35
SUN 6/21
7:00 pm
$55$45$35

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff