Aug 27–Oct 31
Oct 31
Sun
Frankenstein

Berkeley, CA

Nov 26–Jan 03
Christmas Carol

virtual program

Jan 29–Feb 27
Mar 19
Sat
The Magic City

Chicago, IL

La Celestina hero

La Celestina

La Celestina is a site-specific performance-installation piece, created in collaboration with UK based Erratica and composer Matt Rogers, and commissioned by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Through projected shadow puppetry and multi-channel sound sculpture, Celestina brings the museum’s early sixteenth-century Vélez Blanco patio to life, retelling the story of the celebrated, contemporaneous Spanish novel La Celestina, among the marble statues and behind the shuttered windows of the castle courtyard.

The tragic fate of lovers Calisto and Melibea, and bawdy schemes of the procuress and witch Celestina, are recounted in snatches of rumor and gossip by an ensemble of voices whose idle speculation blends with fragments of 16th-century villancicos and Judeo-Spanish folk music. Meanwhile the unraveling tragicomedy can be glimpsed through the windows of the castle, as shadowy figures engage in secretive trysts, hatch schemes and exact cold-blooded revenge on one another.

Premiered in 2015

Commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Created by ERRATICA
Written and Directed by Patrick Eakin Young
Projection design by Hannah Wasileski

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