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The Humans

US Premiere
Nov 13—Nov 17, 2013
Performance dates & times
RUN TIME: 3hrs with intermission
November 2013
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Wednesday November 13, 2013
Performances no longer available.

BAM and PERFORMA present

The Humans
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
Written and directed by Alexandre Singh

Theater, music, sculpture, Nesquik bunnies, Greco-Roman masks, and a gigantic mountain find common cause in this irreverent performance work by the award-winning British visual artist Alexandre Singh. A boldly original concept that started as an installation piece at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam and evolved into a full-fledged theatrical account of the universe’s creation, The Humans comes to BAM in its culminating chapter: a deliciously indecent mixed-media account of Man’s fall from grace.

Modeled on the comic writings of Aristophanes and set at the dawn of time and space, The Humans tells the tale of two spirits named Tophole and Pantalingua, who would rather the Earth not be created at all. In a battle against the egomaniacal Creator, they conspire their way to an accidental Paradise Lost, ultimately corrupting the eponymous humans—portrayed as a songful and statuesque Greek chorus—into the flawed mortals we are today.

Choreography by Flora Sans
Music by Gerry Arling and Rik Elstgeest
Costume design by Holly Waddington
Lighting design by Guus van Geffen

The Humans is commissioned by Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and Performa. The Humans is co-produced by Preromainbritain LLC; Witte de With; Productiehuis Rotterdam; Rotterdamse Schouwburg and Performa 13. It is presented in partnership with festival De Keuze and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) as part of Performa 13.

Read the BAM program notes for The Humans
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