On the Boards kicks off the 08/09 season with a multimedia extravaganza, courtesy of Europe’s Superamas
Superamas | BIG, 3rd episode (happy/end)
Thu – Sat | Sep 18 – 20, 2008 | 8pm | $24
(Seattle) – On the Boards (OtB) is thrilled to open the 08/09 performance season with the Seattle debut of European performance collective Superamas. This internationally lauded company comes to OtB with BIG, 3rd episode (happy/end), a provocative multimedia performance using theater and dance vignettes with film interstitials to expound on the search for happiness and love.
BIG, 3rd episode, the final installment in the BIG trilogy, crafts a world in which the men are macho, the women are beautiful and the dialogue seamlessly volleys between vapid gossip and philosophical musings on love and sex. Superamas focus their energy on deconstructing three scenarios – a band practice, hanging out in a locker room, and a house party – while sourcing a multitude of pop culture objects, including Sex and the City and Nirvana, and writers/theorists, such as Michel Houellebecq and Boris Cyrulnik. In Seattle Big, 3rd episode will be augmented with the addition of 10 local dancers to the 8 Superamas performers.
Hovering above this all is the company’s staggering precision as they employ their cinematic sensibility to pause, rewind and rework scenes throughout the show. With completely pre-recorded dialogue, directed lighting and carefully choreographed performances, BIG, 3rd episode uncovers the dark side of happiness while displaying the technical prowess of the company.
Originally founded in 1999, Superamas have since split their time between Paris and Vienna, garnering an international reputation for their cheeky collisions of performance, video and text. In their almost 10 year history, the company has travelled to festivals and venues such as Vooruit Art Center (Belgium), La Villette Paris (France), BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen (Norway), Hebbel-Theater Berlin (Germany), the Wexner (OH) and the Under the Radar Festival (NYC). This summer they premiered a brand new work, EMPIRE, at the Avignon Festival (France).
Tickets for Superamas
BIG, 3rd episode (happy/end)
General Admission $24 | student & opening night RUSH discounts available
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