Bellona, Destroyer of Cities (excerpt)

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Excerpt 5min

BELLONA
DESTROYER OF
CITIES
Adapted and Directed by Jay Scheib
based on Samuel R. Delany’s science fiction novel, Dahlgren

World Premiere, The Kitchen, April 1, 2010
Bellona Destroyer of Cities is slated for presentation at Maison des Arts Cretéil (Paris) as part of the Exit Festival in March followed by a run at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in May
2011.

Availability for Worldwide Touring: April 2010 – 2012, OPEN

Bellona, Destroyer of Cities
Featuring Sarita Choudhury, Caleb Hammond, Mikeah Ernest Jennings, Jon Morris, William Nadylam, Tanya Selvaratnam, Kaneza Schaal, April Sweeney, Natalie Thomas, and Scenic Design by Peter Ksander; Costumes by Oana Botez-Ban; Sound Design by Catherine McCurry; Lighting by Miranda Hardy; Video and Photography by Carrie Mae Weems and Jay Scheib with Josh Higgason; Assistant Director: Laine Rettmer; Tour Producer – ArKtype/ Thomas O. Kriegsmann; Produced by Tanya Selvaratnam; Written and Directed by Jay Scheib after the novel by Samuel R. Delany.

Performance History
Initially developed at the Mozarteum Institute for Acting and Directing in Salzburg Austria under the title Bellona, Zerstörer der Städte. Bellona Destroyer of Cities was subsequently developed in New York with three public workshop presentations: The Kitchen, August, 09; Prelude Festival, at the Segal Theater Center October 09; at the Performing Garage in November 09.


Press

Mixing multimedia with deadpan-cool (and very sexy) actors, Scheib is forging new ways of seeing drama.
- Time Out New York, “The Best New York Theater Directors,†March 2009

“[Untitled Mars] won a 2008 Obie for scenic design,
and “Bellona†might also be a contender. Peter
Ksander has constructed a vertical, multichambered
complex (an apartment building? a city? a
mind?), creating a sense of ruined lives stacked one
on top of the next. The structure’s dingy architecture
alternately frames and conceals its feral inhabitants’
erotic, violent actions, which swirl around
an enigmatic newcomer, Kid… What an engrossing
world Mr. Scheib and his fine ensemble have created…
it doesn’t loosen its grip.â€
- The New York Times

“Scheib (who also went sci-fi with 2008’s Untitled
Mars) has his own immutable laws to ground us:
his customarily elegant use of live video, a grimy
aesthetic indebted to Cassavetes, and a sprungrhythm
acting style… a passport to a thoroughly
convincing alternate world—one that seems to
weirdly overlay our vision even as we stumble outside
onto the suddenly unfamiliar concrete of far
west 19th Street.â€
- Time Out New York

Excerpt 5min

BELLONA
DESTROYER OF
CITIES
Adapted and Directed by Jay Scheib
based on Samuel R. Delany’s science fiction novel, Dahlgren

World Premiere, The Kitchen, April 1, 2010
Bellona Destroyer of Cities is slated for presentation at Maison des Arts Cretéil (Paris) as part of the Exit Festival in March followed by a run at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in May
2011.

Availability for Worldwide Touring: April 2010 – 2012, OPEN

Bellona, Destroyer of Cities
Featuring Sarita Choudhury, Caleb Hammond, Mikeah Ernest Jennings, Jon Morris, William Nadylam, Tanya Selvaratnam, Kaneza Schaal, April Sweeney, Natalie Thomas, and Scenic Design by Peter Ksander; Costumes by Oana Botez-Ban; Sound Design by Catherine McCurry; Lighting by Miranda Hardy; Video and Photography by Carrie Mae Weems and Jay Scheib with Josh Higgason; Assistant Director: Laine Rettmer; Tour Producer – ArKtype/ Thomas O. Kriegsmann; Produced by Tanya Selvaratnam; Written and Directed by Jay Scheib after the novel by Samuel R. Delany.

Performance History
Initially developed at the Mozarteum Institute for Acting and Directing in Salzburg Austria under the title Bellona, Zerstörer der Städte. Bellona Destroyer of Cities was subsequently developed in New York with three public workshop presentations: The Kitchen, August, 09; Prelude Festival, at the Segal Theater Center October 09; at the Performing Garage in November 09.


Press

Mixing multimedia with deadpan-cool (and very sexy) actors, Scheib is forging new ways of seeing drama.
- Time Out New York, “The Best New York Theater Directors,” March 2009

“[Untitled Mars] won a 2008 Obie for scenic design,
and “Bellona” might also be a contender. Peter
Ksander has constructed a vertical, multichambered
complex (an apartment building? a city? a
mind?), creating a sense of ruined lives stacked one
on top of the next. The structure’s dingy architecture
alternately frames and conceals its feral inhabitants’
erotic, violent actions, which swirl around
an enigmatic newcomer, Kid… What an engrossing
world Mr. Scheib and his fine ensemble have created…
it doesn’t loosen its grip.”
- The New York Times

“Scheib (who also went sci-fi with 2008’s Untitled
Mars) has his own immutable laws to ground us:
his customarily elegant use of live video, a grimy
aesthetic indebted to Cassavetes, and a sprungrhythm
acting style… a passport to a thoroughly
convincing alternate world—one that seems to
weirdly overlay our vision even as we stumble outside
onto the suddenly unfamiliar concrete of far
west 19th Street.”
- Time Out New York

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