Ada/Ava @ Avignon Off Festival (Avignon, France)
Bereaved of her twin sister Ava, septuagenarian Ada marks time in the patterns of a life built for two, until a mirror maze initiates a journey across the thresholds of life and death. “This Chicago troupe is conjuring phantasms to die for in an unclassifiable story of spectral beauty…” hails The New York Times. True to its name, Manual Cinema brings handspun cinema to life in real time using intimate, unassuming technologies. With vintage overhead projectors, shadow puppetry, actors, live-feed cameras, multi-channel sound design, and an onstage music ensemble, Manual Cinema creates cinematic wonderment imbued with immediacy, ingenuity, and theatricality—all within audience view.