The New York City-based experimental theater company, The Wooster Group, returns to REDCAT in Downtown Los Angeles this week with its latest production, A PINK CHAIR (In Place of a Fake Antique).
The ensemble takes on the work of visionary Polish artist, writer and stage director Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990) through live performance, music and videos. A PINK CHAIR is set in the form of a conversation between the ensemble and Kantor’s daughter, Dorota Krakowska. Together, they explore the writer-director’s penultimate stage production: I Shall Never Return. The exploration touches upon Kantor’s “lifelong obsession with the myth of the return of Odysseus.”
In a note from Liz LeCompte, director of The Wooster Group, she writes how the following lines from I Shall Never Return have guided the group and Dorota in making the work:
In a moment I will enter with my “luggage”
a shabby and suspicious
i n n.
I have traveled to it for a long time.
I have traveled here to meet,
I am not sure what, with apparitions or people.
To say I’ve been c r e a t i n g them
for many, many years
would be an overstatement.
I gave them life, but they also gave me theirs.
They were not easy to deal with; nor were they obedient.
They have traveled with me a long time
and gradually left me at various roads and stops.
Now, we are to meet here.
Maybe for the last time.
A PINK CHAIR (In Place of a Fake Antique), runs from Thursday, April 5, to Sunday, April 15, 2018. Discounted tickets ($15) are available to CalArts students for shows on April 5 and 6 through the box office.
The Wooster Group
A PINK CHAIR (In Place of a Fake Antique)
631 West 2nd St., Los Angeles