NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

In Performance: Thunderstorm 2.0 (Under the Radar)

Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental & Wang Chong reimagine Cau Yu’s Thunderstorm, a cornerstone of 20th-century Chinese drama. Thunderstorm 2.0 uses real-time video editing to adapt the source text into a cutting examination of gender, class, and legacy. The audience watches a fully composed film on a screen and simultaneously witnesses the film being made in front of them on stage. Performers scramble on stage in a furious dash to play characters, shoot footage, and manage every detail on set in an effort to create a stark and emotionally evocative silent film. The images are fully scored and narrated live by Pingtan Musicians Jiang Xiaobo and Xie Yan. Tradition, media, and story all collide as Thunderstorm 2.0 honors and critiques a canonical text.

In Performance: Breaking the Waves (Prototype Festival)

Prototype Festival Breaking the Waves Missy Mazzoli & Royce Vavrek (USA) NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts 566 LaGuardia Place January 6-9 Based on Lars Von Trier’s 1996 film of the same name, the new opera Breaking the Waves offers a grand showcase for the soprano Kiera Duffy. Duffy delivers a powerhouse performance as Bess McNeill, an unstable, lovestruck girl in a religious seaside town. Von Trier’s story is a bleak one. After her beloved husband is paralyzed, Bess agrees to his demands that she have sex with other men and describe the encounters to him. Her increasing degradation, mistreatment and eventual murder at the hands of the townsmen is depicted as a kind of selfless martyrdom, with various characters continually referring to her “goodness” and “golden heart.” It ...