north at lamama
We got an email about a show called North by Heather Christian. As I recall she did some lovely singing in Big Dance Theater’s The Other Here. I don’t know much more about the show but it looks interesting.
Here’s what the press release says:
In North, Heather Christian and her kitchen sink orchestra ‘The Arbornauts’ lovingly hybridize pre-1700 classical pieces, original music and post 1960’s pop. The unique Baroque infused setting is a crystalline outdoor living room with a moving visual circus of oddities and silhouettes that includes 12 narrating television screens, a puppet show and a moving arboretum. North is a multi-media, multidisciplinary production about storytelling and love and distance, featuring a wide array of music from Carmina Burana to Cyndi Lauper along with Christian’s own work.
Daughter of a go-go dancer and a blues musician, Christian has a highly theatrical sense of musicality. She whispers and coos, screams and gurgles, pulling both from classical form and good old fashioned feeling. Christian is a core member of Witness Relocation Co. (WRC) and performed in their production of Dancing vs. The Rat Experiment (‘Magnificent’ ~ The New Yorker) at La MaMa, which won 3 NY Innovative Theater Awards including Best Performance Art Piece and Best Choreography. She’s performed with Annie-B Parson’s Big Dance Theater at Dance Theater Workshop in The Other Here (‘A talented group’ ~ TimeOut NY, ‘Deeply brilliant’ ~ NY Times, ‘Daring, funny, smart and unexpectedly moving’ ~ Washington Post), at The Ohio with WRC in In A Hall in the Palace of Pyrrhus and at The Flea in Len Jenkin’s Margo Veil. Christian is a recent graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing.
Featuring ‘The Arbornauts’ Chris Giarmo, Hannah Heller, Mike Mikos (member of Witness Relocation & Theater of a Two-Headed Calf, performed in Drum of the Waves of Horikawa at HERE) and Raky Sastri on a variety of instruments/objects including an accordion, glockenspiel, harmonium, megaphone, melodica, typewriter and violin.
The design team consists of Obie-Winner Jay Ryan (Lighting Design), Pandora Andrea Gastelum (Costume Design), Courtland Premo and Colin Campbell (Set Design) and Heather Christian & the Arbornauts (Choreography).
For a direct link to the video click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMpJSFc4RXg.