For immediate release:
Bellona, Destroyer of Cities—March 13, 14, 15, at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Sarita Choudhury and Tanya Selvaratnam — Photo by Julieta Cervantes
Bellona, Destroyer of Cities
(BOSTON—May 1, 2011) The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) presents the New England premiere of Jay Scheib’s Bellona, Destroyer of Cities on May 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and May 15 at 2 p.m., in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater at the ICA (100 Northern Ave., Boston). On Friday, May 13, there will be a post-show conversation with artist/collaborator Carrie Mae Weems, producer/actress Tanya Selvaratnam, and actress Sarita Choudhury; on Saturday, May 14, there will be a post-show conversation with Sci-Fi legend, Samuel R. Delany and Director, Jay Scheib. Press night is May 13 and space is limited. General admission tickets are $25, $22 for members and students, and can be purchased at www.icaboston.org
or by calling (617) 478-3103.
This new work for the stage, based on Samuel R. Delany’s landmark science fiction novel Dhalgren, is part two of Simulated Cities/Simulated Systems, Scheib’s trilogy of multimedia performance works. Combining passages from the novel with original material, a trademark physical daring and live video feeds. A nuclear family struggles to sustain a reality that has long ago become fiction—and when their world finally explodes they take the entire city with them. As the buildings fill with smoke a newcomer arrives on the scene. She can't remember her name but she's determined to become a great writer and as she begins to write it becomes increasingly unclear if the world and her experiences determine her poetry, or if her poetry determines the world.
Starring: Sarita Choudhury, Caleb Hammond, Mikéah Ernest Jennings, Jon Morris, Ayesha Ngaujah, Tanya Selvaratnam, and Natalie Thomas. Set design by Peter Ksander. Costume design by Oana Botez-Ban. Sound design by Anoushka Trocker with Catherine McCurry. Lighting Design by Peter Ksander with Miranda Hardy. Video design by Jay Scheib and Josh Higgason; Photography and additional video by Carrie Mae Weems. Assistant Director: Laine Rettmer, Tour Producer: ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann. Producer: Tanya Selvaratnam; Director/Adapter: Jay Scheib.
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Bellona, Destroyer of Cities premiered at The Kitchen in New York in April 2010 for a two-week sold-out run, and subsequently played the Exit Festival, 2011 at Maison des Arts, Creteil, France. Support is provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and the MIT FAST Festival of Arts Science and Technology, Office of the Associate Provost; Agnes Gund; and the Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund. This production is presented in conjunction with FAST/MIT 150: a festival celebrating MIT’s confluence of Art, Science and Technology, and the Emerging America Festival.
Natalie Thomas and Jon Morris—Photo by Julieta Cervantes