THERE

The Wilma Theater

2018
$300,000

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The Wilma Theater, "Adapt!," written and directed by Blanka Zizka. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

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The Wilma Theater, "Antigone," performance shot, Wilma Hothouse and Attis Theatre of Athens, Greece. Photo by Johanna Weber.

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The Wilma Theater, "Hamlet," Zainab Jah as the title character in Act II, Scene 9, set design by Matt Saunders. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

The Wilma Theater will present THERE, an adaptation of Lebanese American poet, essayist, and painter Etel Adnan’s book-length poem There: In the Light and the Darkness of the Self and of the Other. Adnan described her existential 1997 poem as a “meditation on conflict.” The Wilma’s interpretation will mine the poem’s themes of personal and community identity, displacement, and political dissonance, and invite audiences to share in what Wilma artistic director Blanka Zizka describes as “a communal contemplation of our existence.” Under Zizka’s direction, the work will be devised and performed by members of the Wilma’s HotHouse Company of actors, as they explore how the body interacts with language and the interplay of meaning and sound. THERE will feature an elaborate visual environment designed by Berlin-based visual artist Rosa Barba, whose work has been exhibited at Tate Modern, London; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; and the Venice and Berlin Biennales; among others. The work will premiere as part of the 2019 Fringe Festival.

Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.