SHERRI ZAHAD AND HER ARABIAN KNIGHTS
In Laboratory Theater’s SHERRI ZAHAD AND HER ARABIAN KNIGHTS, a fictional performance troupe – perhaps from the Middle East, perhaps from Las Vegas – attempts to rehearse a ballet based on tales from Sir Richard F. Burton’s translation of The Arabian Nights, but ends up falling prey to the forgotten ghosts from these ancient stories.
… an independent, well-to-do lady vies against her irresponsible and conniving sisters…a young prince sets out to capture the heart of a beautiful before she marries an evil hunchback…a sea-faring adventurer attempts to thwart fate but unwittingly murders an innocent boy…
SHERRI ZAHAD AND HER ARABIAN KNIGHTS willfully submerges fragments of Burton’s The Arabian Nights into a sea of cross-dressing, slapstick physicality, idiosyncratic dance, stand-up comedy, and Vegas lounge act. Rimsky-Korsakov’s well-known symphonic suite, Scheherazade, Op. 35, provides a structural backbone for Laboratory Theater’s signature layering of choreography, text, singing, improvisation, and imitation.
Performances of SHERRI ZAHAD AND HER ARABIAN KNIGHTS ran Sunday April 13 through April 30 at The Tank @ Collective: Unconscious.
Directed by Yvan Greenberg, featuring Corey Dargel, Sheila Donovan,
SHERRI ZAHAD AND HER ARABIAN KNIGHTS was developed, in part, during a month-long residency, February 2007, at Dixon Place.
|photos © yvan greenberg; taken from in-progress performances during a month-long residency at Dixon Place, February, 2007|