Audiences invited to a sneak peek of "Nameless forest"
New Haven audiences will get a sneak peek at what New Yorkers will be seeing later this spring when the multimedia work “Nameless forest” is staged Thursday-Saturday March 31-April 2, as the next offering in “No Boundaries: A Series of Global Performances,” sponsored by the Yale Repertory Theater and the World Performance Project at Yale.
The work — created by American video artist and choreographer Dean Moss and acclaimed South Korean sculptor Sungmyung Chun — will take place at 8 p.m. each evening in Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel St.
“Nameless forest” fuses theater, dance, video and sculpture — weaving layers of diary fragments, war zone imagery, mirror and neon effects and an original environmental score. Designed for mature audiences, “Nameless forest” contains nudity and rigorous physical activity. Audience members who are seated on stage will be in close proximity to and will interact with the performers. The work — which is co-produced by Gametophyte Inc. and MAPP International Productions — will have its world premiere at The Kitchen in New York later this spring.
Moss is a director, choreographer and media artist, who is a visiting lecturer in theater studies at Yale this spring. He served as curator of dance and performance at The Kitchen 1999-2004, and his award-winning work has been exhibited and presented internationally at museums and festivals. Chun is a celebrated sculptor, installation artist and poet, who has had several solo-shows in his home country and has been exhibited worldwide. He lectures in the College of Fine Arts at Kyunghee University and at Chugye University for the Arts.
Several special events have been scheduled in conjunction with “Nameless forest.” There will be “Talk Back” programs, Q&As with the performers, following each performance. There will also be a two lectures on Wednesday, March 30, 5:30-7 p.m., in Rm. 101 of the Theater Studies Ballroom, 220 York St. The topics and speakers are: “Replacing One Imagination Culture with Another: A Symbolic Exchange,” by Ralph Lemon, artistic director of Cross Performance, a company dedicated to the creation of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary performance and presentation; and “Touching Worlds: Performing the Cross-Cultural in/through ‘Nameless forest,’” by Elizabeth Son,a doctoral candidate in American studies at Yale. The talks are co-sponsored by Yale’s Theater Studies Program.
Tickets for “Nameless forest” are $35, with discounts for seniors. They are available online at www.yalerep.org/noboundaries; by phone at 203-432-1234; and in person at the Yale Rep box office, 1120 Chapel St. (at York Street). All student tickets are $10.
The “No Boundaries” series celebrates the diversity of voices and experiences in today’s world. It aims to extend and enhance the educational mission of Yale University through a series of performances by artistic innovators from around the globe. For information about the series, visit www.yalerep.org/noboundaries.