"An intimate, impressionistic dance-theater experience, "Baudelaire: La Mort" is a truly multilingual enterprise..
unusual blending of recitation, butoh movement, flamenco, French folk song, Spanish guitar, and Japanese-flavored atmospheric musical sounds...
A commanding actor, Abuba interprets the role of Baudelaire through a powerfully contrasting mixture of... odd Kabuki-like singing, and grotesque stylized movement, ...supported by a trio of enticing yet gleefully evil ladies, ..portrayed by (Shigeko) Suga, who plays a mean pair of castanets, the animated Tiffany Chen, and a beauty from Paraguay, actor Paola Irun..."
Directed and Choreographed by Shigeko Sara Suga Assistant Directed/Dramaturge Paola Irun
Co-created with Ernest Abuba, Anna Gheesling and Minouche Waring.
Original Music composed and performed by Yukio Tsuji.
Flamenco guitar performed by Arturo Martinez.
Featuring Ernest Abuba, Tiffany Chen, Paola Irun, and Shigeko Sara Suga
with Aaron Chieu, and Tim Liu.
Inspired by Baudelaire’s masterpiece Les Fleur du Mal, BAUDELAIRE: La Mort is dance theatre that fuses
Butoh, Flamenco and French poetry in a visceral exploration of life's beginnings and endings.
Ernest Abuba is an Obie Recipient, Actor, Director, Playwright. He is also the recipient of a Rockefeller Playwright residency, five New York State Council on the Arts Grant for Playwriting and Directing, and a Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS) Grant 1979. He is on the theatre faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and a member of SDC, AFTRA, SAG, and AEA.
Collaborative Butoh/Flamenco, performance, creation and directing credits include: SPLEEN (Co-Director and Performer) from Les Fluers de Mal, by Charles Baudelaire presented by Chen Dance Center; LIER REX, (Adapted from Shakespeare's King Lear, Director/Playwright/ Performer in title role); NIGHT STALKERS, (Adapted from Beowulf/ Director/Playwright), with Choreography by Shigeko Suga; ACCADE DOMANI by Dario Fo (Performer); SOTOBA KOMACHI by Kwanami and Yukio Mishima (Performer), directed by Shigeko Suga at La MaMa E.T.C.
Shigeko Sara Suga has worked in over 130 local and international theatre productions since arriving in NYC in late 1985, in a wide range of disciplines including acting, directing, choreography, Flamenco, African drumming, ethnic chanting and in vocal experimentation. Recent stage credits include: SHOGUN MACBETH; KWATZ; RASHOMON with Pan Asian Repertory; DIONYSUS FILIUS DEI and MYTHOS OEDIPUS for Ellen Stewart’s The Great Jones Repertory Company & Umbria International; and has worked with such companies and artists as: Yara Arts Group (Resident Choreographer); Theodora Skippitares, Muna Tseng Dance Project, and others. Directing credits include: THE MAIDS at The Kitchen Space/NY and at Tollwood Festival in Munich/Germany; ACCADDE DOMANI at La Mama; SOTOBA KOMACHI, TEATRO FLAMENCO Y BUTOH at La Mama and at Ex Convento de Santa Teresa de La Antigua in Mexico City; LEIR REX (KING LEAR) co-directing with Ernest Abuba by Shout Production and New York Performance Alliance.
Paola Irun: (Assistant Director, Dramaturge) Paola Irun was born in Asuncion-Paraguay and has a twelve-year career in professional theatre in Paraguay as a playwright, actor, director and thaetre teacher. She has been awarded in Paraguay with the ARTURO ALSINA for BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE and special mention at the GREAT AWARD OSCAR TRINIDAD for OUTSTANDING THEATRE ACHIEVEMENT. She's a FULBRIGHT scholar and a Sarah Lawrence College MFA in theater and has been living and working in New York as an artist since 2007. She is the founder and director of the international project EN BORRADOR, a multicultural company for devised theater premiering one show a year in Paraguay. http://en-borradorteatro.tumblr.com
Minouche Waring: Born in Egypt with a mother of Russian origins and a father of
North African grew up speaking French. After the revolutions, she was sent
to England to pursue her studies, and when she returned to Lebanon for a
family wedding sporting a BBC accent, she was hired to broadcast the news
in English across the Middle East (very early day Al Jazeera). When she did return to New York, she immersed herself into the world
of theater, studying with Robert Patterson, Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey,
Andrea del Cone, Maria Alba - and now - yoga and a business: 1178designs.
She has much enjoyed working with Shigeko Suga, crossing cultures and
Anna Gheesling: Brought to New York by Stella Adler, Anna has participated as an actress in all forms of New York Stage, TV, and Film. DEEP SONG (Broadway), THE INSOMNIAC (Target Margin Theatre), LE BALCON (LaMaMa), THE MAIDS (The Kitchen), HOMMAGE TO FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA_(Symphony Space), MY WAY (The Actors Studio NY), MOZART and SALIERI (Lali Gallery), IN THE BOOM BOOM BOOM (The Actors Studio LA). Graduated from La Sorbonne, Paris - 1968, and from Corcoran Art School/Gallery in DC. Anna painted murals in LA: Venice Beach - "The Flood", Bob Dylan Music Studio - "The Punishment of Venus"; and has published a poetry volume - "Redemption Beat"; plus translated a short novel to be adapted for film in the south of France.
Yukio Tsuji (Composer, Shakuhachi player, Percussionist ) has worked as a composer and as a performer with Estelle Parsons, the late Ellen Stewart, the late Jerome Robbins, Julie Taymor, Sir Peter Hall, the late John Dexter, Andre Serban, Elizabeth Swados and many other major theater directors. He has been the house composer / musician at La MaMa ETC for over 25 years, where he performed in Ellen Stewart's famous MEDEA , ELECTRA, TROJAN WOMEN, SEVEN, and countless numbers of productions over the years. He composed more than twenty hours of music for Kei Takei's "Moving Earth" Dance Company alone. He composed and performed on the Broadway production SALOME directed by Estelle Parsons, and OEDIPUS and FATHER all with Al Pacino, and MACBETH, NIGHT OVER TAOS also directed by Estelle Parsons. Co-arranged and performed on Broadway Production M.BUTERFLY, composed and performed on the title music of the movie YEAR OF THE DRAGON, TRANSPOSED HEADS directed by Julie Taymor, 9 Acts Production TANTALAS, directed by Sir Peter Hall with Royal Shakespeare Company and WATERMILL Directed by Jerome Robbins with the New York City Ballet. He just finished the music for the main theme show “Window of The City” of Shanghai Expo., and so excited to come back to Pan Asian Rep where he started his career.