Cosmicomics - Dixon Place, New York, 2014 - Revival: 2022
Cosmicomics Multimedia Theater Play | Dixon Place Theater - March 28 - April 19, 2014
2014 NYIT Award Nomination for Outstanding Innovative Design for Laia Cabrera & Isabelle Duverger (Projection Design, Videoart and Animations)
REVIVAL: New Stage Performance Space - 36 W 106 Street, New York, NY - April 17-29, 2022
Multimedia Theater Play COSMICOMICS with projection design, video art and animations
by Spanish filmmaker and videoartist Laia Cabrera in collaboration with French artist Isabelle Duverger.
Dixon Place and The New Stage Theatre Company present world premiere of Cosmicomics,
an original multimedia theatre piece inspired by chapters of Italo Calvino's matchless novel of the same name.
Directed by Ildiko Nemeth, Cosmicomics comprises a series of vignettes involving our narrator, Qfwfq, as he evolves across the history of the universe. From his innocent childhood before the Big Bang, when everything he loved was packed into a single point, we continue on to his love affairs and nostalgic middle age. Along the way we witness wondrous things: the birth of light and color, the identity crises of creatures that move from sea to land, the inner lives of mollusks, and more. Against a cosmic backdrop we recognize fundamentally human experiences in the tales: obsession, neurosis, love and transformation.
Produced by The New Stage Theatre Company | Created and Directed by Ildiko Nemeth
Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger (Laia Cabrera & Co) - Projection Design, Videoart and Animation
Federico Restrepo - Lighting Design | Jon Gilbert Leavitt - Original Music
Yukio Tsuji - Sound Design | Egle Paulauskaite - Costume Design
Original Cast: Lance Cruce, Kaylin Lee Clinton, Chris Tanner, Geraldine Dulex, Denice Kondik, Florencia Minniti, Jeanne Lauren Smith, Markus Hirnigel, Michael Cuomo, Beth Dodye Bass, Beau Mallard, Catherine Correa and Valerie Ryan Miller.
Cast 2022: Paul Guilfoyle, Tanner Glenn, Jeanne Lauren Smith, Jude Kondik, Theodore Bouloukos, Justin Ivan Brown, Markus Hirnigel, Danielle Aziza, Beth Griffith, Florencia Minniti, Lisa Giobbi, Yoni Kallai, Olimpia Dior
Principal Administrator: Fabiyan Pemble-Belkin
Set Construction: Kertek Construction Corp.
This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Production design support provided by The Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Foundation. This work was created in part through Field Time, a rehearsal space program of The Field supported by the Lambent Foundation.
The stunning projected animations and visuals created by Isabelle Duverger and Laia Cabrera project a dramatic alternative reality on this journey from scientific abstractions to mankind’s emotional confusion. The visuals ask the same questions as the novel while Nemeth’s cast plays in and around this cosmic setting. - New York Theatre Wire, Larry Littany Litt, April 17, 2022
Photo of the Week, TimeOut New York nº949, April 10-16, 2014 (Photo by Lee Wexler/ImagesforInnovation.org)
2014 NYIT Award Nomination for Outstanding Innovative Design (Projection Design, Videoart and Animations)
"The sight of the modern stage techniques using projected images, videos, colors, lights and shadows helps the viewers to understand the texts from the mouth of the actors."
"The very powerful scenes were those in which the actors were acting out the story live on stage while in the background projections appeared at the same time."
"An interesting, very spectacular show"
- Barát Tamás WBPI / New York, Breuerpress International, April 8, 2014
"There are many gorgeous projections that fill up this space. [...] Federico Restrepo’s lighting is an enormous part of the show, as are the lunar landscapes and other projections designed by Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger." - Ed Malin, nytheater now, March 30, 2014
"I’ve seen a few of New Stage Theatre’s previous shows and have always been struck by the absolutely stunning visual elements" Katy Einerson, Culture Bot, March 31, 2014
"I let my mind float away on a drunken cloud and into the absurd non sequitur universe of Italo Calvino. I found myself delighted. [...] The music is playful and lovely like the shifting backdrops of the universe in freefall, a solitary studio, or a beach party." Aurin Squire, New York Theatre Review, April 8, 2014
"Just saw COSMICOMICS, where Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger have totally outdone themselves. Amazing! You.got.to.see.it!!!" - Laura Turegano, Associate Director, King Juan Carlos Center At NYU, April 4, 2014
"Visually extravagant beyond belief with a great cast, great costumes, and great fun! [...] GO see it!!" Jackie Rudin, Community Organizer, NYC, April 6, 2014