Garden of Delights - Theater for the New City, New York, 2012
2013 NYIT Award Nominated for Outstanding Innovative Design (Projection Design, Videoart & Animations)
Theater for the New City - Joyce and Seward Johnson Theater | November 15th to December 2nd, 2012
The New Stage Theatre Company updates Arrabal's tale of Lais' dazzling and bizarre journey in this mesmeric production directed by Ildiko Nemeth, with video projection designers Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger. Through a carefully crafted imaginary, the play depict some of the ways that today's culture - celebrity-obsessed to an unprecedented degree - and the preponderance of certain primal behaviors within that culture, may inform the audience's interpretation of Arrabal's premise.
Directed by Ildiko Nemeth / New Stage Theatre Company
Projection Design, Video-Art and Animations by Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger
Choreography by Catherine Correa and Ildiko Nemeth in collaboration with the Actors
Lighting Design by Federico Restrepo | Set Design by Ildiko Nemeth | Original Score by Jon Gilbert Leavitt
Cast: Kaylin Lee Clinton, Belle Caplis, Brandon Olson*, Chris Tanner, Geraldine Dulex, Denice Kondik, Francisca Magalhães, Valerie Miller, Florencia Minniti, Devin Nelson, Emma Pettersson, Alexandra Pike, Juliana Silva, and Jeanne Lauren Smith (*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association)
Principal Administrator: Fabiyan Pemble-Belkin | Press Agent: DARR Publicity
Garden of Delights 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. This program is supported, in part, by Spain Culture New York- Consulate General of Spain: a member of the network Spain Arts and Culture. Cage provided by HumanCages.com
"Photo of the week: Garden of Delights
New Stage Theatre Company's Ildiko Nemeth directs
a multimedia revival of Spanish playwright Fernando Arrabal's 1968 look inside the psyche of a disturbed
- Time Out New York # 886
(November 29 - December 5, 2012)
"j'ai trouvé votre réalisation fantastique , originale , colorée et très ryhmée … un vrai travail inventif, une authentique recherche de la polysémie du texte... et de sa mise en scène… je crois que Jérôme Bosch lui-même aurait apprécié cette approche, sa fantaisie à la fois maîtrisée et apparemment débridée… les vidéos... j'aimerais qu 'un spectacle de cette qualité puisse connaître le succès qu'il mérite… félicitez toute l'équipe encore une fois... je garde un souvenir ému de ma soirée... "
— Fernando Arrabal, writer of Garden of Delights
Translation: "I found your realization fantastic, original, colorful and very rhythmical... A truly inventive work, an authentic research of the text polysemy... and of its staging... I believe Jerome Bosch himself would have enjoyed this approach, his fantasy at once controlled and seemingly unbridled... the videos... I would love that a show of this quality that it meets the success it deserves... Congratulate all the team once more... I have fond memories of my evening..."
"DARK AND DELIGHTFUL" - Stage and Cinema
"many of the time/space transformations are accomplished with the aid of video images projected onto several flats set up on the stage (projection design, video-art and animations by Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger). It’s an interesting concept, creating multi-layered, colorful worlds." - Stage and Cinema
"It is a stimulating, modern production, full of techno music and video projections, including snippets of Bosch's famous painting The Garden of Earthly Delights." - nytheatre.com
"The projections and videos by Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger make for an incredibly colorful and sensual performance. Scenery changes every few seconds, and video projections show Lais's soliloquies from many different angles." - nytheatre.com
"Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger, provide a simple clean set of flats with marvelous projections playing on them, including Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, and a huge egg as a prop, and there is a terrific soundscape with music by Jon Gilbert Leavitt. Lighting by Federico Restrepo enhances everything. Nemeth has directed with great timing and synchronization of sound, projections and acting, and she can capture you into the strange Arrabal’s surreal universe: an artistic adventure well done." - Lively-Arts.com