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The Thunder Inside

The Thunder Inside Mara Valderrama Angélica Liddell/Atra Bilis Teatro, Esta Breve Tragedia de la Carne [This Brief Tragedy of the Flesh], Peak Performances, at Alexander Kasser Theatre, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, April 19–22, 2018. n the center of the stage stands a golden wooden chair with a golden dildo attached to it, the scene illuminated by soft light. Two black spheres hang from Ithe ceiling at the back, and between them, a crescent moon-shaped screen. Angélica Liddell and Atra Bilis Teatro’s Esta Breve Tragedia de la Carne [This Brief Tragedy of the Flesh] begins with a sudden sensorial attack on the audience: the sound of very loud heavy metal music combined with strobe lighting. Equally sudden is the silence that follows, as a monk wearing a white robe and a red cloth mask walks slowly carr ying a bow to shoot three arrows up towards the heavens. A microphone attached to the arrows amplifies the sound of the shooting in the first of a continuous series of mesmerizing scenes of visual poetry and sublime noise that take the spectators through a cathartic ritual of emotion. Despite her four premieres in Avignon, her regular presence on the main Euro- pean stages, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

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MIT Press
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1520-281X
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1537-9477
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10.1162/pajj_a_00435
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Abstract

Mara Valderrama Angélica Liddell/Atra Bilis Teatro, Esta Breve Tragedia de la Carne [This Brief Tragedy of the Flesh], Peak Performances, at Alexander Kasser Theatre, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, April 19–22, 2018. n the center of the stage stands a golden wooden chair with a golden dildo attached to it, the scene illuminated by soft light. Two black spheres hang from Ithe ceiling at the back, and between them, a crescent moon-shaped screen. Angélica Liddell and Atra Bilis Teatro’s Esta Breve Tragedia de la Carne [This Brief Tragedy of the Flesh] begins with a sudden sensorial attack on the audience: the sound of very loud heavy metal music combined with strobe lighting. Equally sudden is the silence that follows, as a monk wearing a white robe and a red cloth mask walks slowly carr ying a bow to shoot three arrows up towards the heavens. A microphone attached to the arrows amplifies the sound of the shooting in the first of a continuous series of mesmerizing scenes of visual poetry and sublime noise that take the spectators through a cathartic ritual of emotion. Despite her four premieres in Avignon, her regular presence on the main Euro- pean stages, and

Journal

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: Sep 1, 2018

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