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MAGIC MONKEY DANCE COMPANY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAGIC MONKEY DANCE COMPANY (2006) is an operatic primate fantasia, chronicling the life of an orangutan named Kusasi. This animal epic tells of his beginnings as an orphan, his rise in dominance over a jungle kingdom that – due to the logging industry – will soon disappear, his struggle with panic attacks and bouts of depression, and the psychotherapist who would try to save him. The piece is performed in English and Orangutan with simultaneous English translation.

Kusasi's story is told through a commingling of television "Nature" documentary, Kafka short story, therapy sessions from "The Sopranos," and exotic jungle ballets from the repertoire of Kusasi's internationally renowned, all-orangutan dance company. MAGIC MONKEY DANCE COMPANY plays out the archetypal conflicts of man vs. nature (science vs. nature, psychology vs. the unconscious) through Laboratory Theater’s signature layering of multiple sound scores, choreographed movement, text, improvisation, and imitation.

Featuring Corey Dargel, Sheila Donovan, Oleg Dubson, and Alexis Macnab
Directed by Yvan Greenberg

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photos © yvan greenberg; from performances in The Brick Theater's $ellout Festival, August 2006