The Wooster Group; A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique)

The Wooster Group: A PINK CHAIR (In Place of a Fake Antique)

"American theater's most inspired company."                                         —The New York Times

"Is there nothing The Wooster Group cannot imagine – or re-imagine?" —The New Yorker


STAY for a POST PERFORMANCE DISCUSSION with The Wooster Group: Wednesday April 11 and Friday April 13.

In A PINK CHAIR (In Place of a Fake Antique), The Wooster Group weaves together live performance, music, and video in an encounter with the work of visionary Polish artist, writer and stage director Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990). A PINK CHAIR takes the form of a conversation between The Wooster Group and Kantor's daughter, Dorota Krakowska. Together, they investigate the theatrical rite of communication with spirits past, including Kantor's penultimate stage production, I Shall Never Return.

A note from Director Liz LeCompte:

When the Adam Mickiewicz Institute asked us to make a piece about Polish theater artist Tadeusz Kantor, I didn’t know what my approach would be. I had seen his renowned piece Dead Class in 1979 in New York at La Mama. It was fascinating and mysterious to me as a young director. Almost forty years later, working on A Pink Chair, I realize I have a profound identification with Kantor’s relationship to his actors and his way of working. Like his company, ours too has a full-time ensemble, people working together for many years, with one show leading to the next, and all of us collaborating to compose them, sometimes “writing” our own material. I knew this new piece couldn’t be about us trying to understand a European master. The temporal and cultural void was too great. It had to be more personal. I went and visited Cricoteka (Kantor’s archives), and heard that Kantor had a daughter, Dorota Krakowska. I asked to meet her. On first contact I knew I wanted to work with her. She would be my way “in,” as our guide and the guardian of his work. She knew our work, having seen it in Berlin, and wanted to join us, too — to find a way perhaps to meet him, her father, again. For Dorota and The Wooster Group, these lines of Kantor’s from I Shall Never Return have been our touchstone:
In a moment I will enter with my “luggage”
a shabby and suspicious
i n n.
I have traveled to it for a long time.
At nights.
Sleepless nights.
I have traveled here to meet,
I am not sure what, with apparitions or people.
To say I’ve been c r e a t i n g them
for many, many years
would be an overstatement.
I gave them life, but they also gave me theirs.
They were not easy to deal with; nor were they obedient.
They have traveled with me a long time
and gradually left me at various roads and stops.
Now, we are to meet here.
Maybe for the last time.

Approx. 70 minutes w/no intermission.

These performances by The Wooster Group at REDCAT are funded in part by generous support from members of REDCAT's The Wooster Group Host Committee: Fariba Ghaffari, Diane Levine, Seth Polen and Howard Steier / Lacy Avenue LLC, Gary Stewart, John Wendell and Mark Okun, and Alexander Westerman. Additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

A PINK CHAIR (In Place of a Fake Antique) was co-commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the celebrations commemorating the centennial of Tadeusz Kantor and the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, where it received its World Premiere at Bard SummerScape in July 2017.

Development of this piece was supported by The Trust for Mutual Understanding.




Associated Images: 

THU 4/5
8:30 pm

FRI 4/6
8:30 pm

SAT 4/7
8:30 pm
SUN 4/8
3:00 pm
TUE 4/10
8:30 pm
WED 4/11
8:30 pm
THU 4/12
8:30 pm
FRI 4/13
8:30 pm
SAT 4/14
8:30 pm
SUN 4/15
3:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff