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Rimbaud in New York

 
World Premiere
 
Mar 1—Mar 6, 2016
 
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Written and directed by Steve Cosson
The Civilians
Poems by Arthur Rimbaud translated by John Ashbery

Produced by BAM with major support from the Poetry Foundation

“The Poet makes himself into a seer by a long, involved, and logical derangement of all the senses. Every kind of love, of suffering, of madness; he searches himself; he exhausts every possible poison so that only essence remains.”
—Arthur Rimbaud

He smoked a clay pipe, stole books, wrote hymns to bodily orifices, and, by the age of 21, had changed the face of literature forever. But then Arthur Rimbaud disappeared.

In this prismatic collage of song and story, theater company The Civilians (Paris Commune, 2012 Next Wave) use music-theater to consider the life and lasting influence of modernism’s most elusive enfant terrible. Staged musical renditions of original texts—John Ashbery’s seminal translations of the poet’s Illuminations, Rimbaud’s letters to his lover Verlaine—complement writer-director Steve Cosson’s meditations on the poet’s sexuality and influence on artists like Bob Dylan and Patti Smith. The result is a kaleidoscopic portrait of a man whose verbal alchemy made the bourgeois world blush.

Scenic design by Andromache Chalfant
Costume Design by Paloma Young
Lighting Design by Eric Southern
Sound design and additional compositions by Daniel Kluger
Music direction by Matthew Dean Marsh
Choreography by Sam Pinkleton

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Classes
Staging Non-Traditional Text
Fri, Mar 4, 2016
 
Staging Non-Traditional Text
Fri, Mar 4, 2016
 

Civilians artistic director Steve Cosson leads this class on bringing non-traditional text, including a selection of poems by Rimbaud, to the stage.

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Post-show Talk 
 

Thu, Mar 3 immediately following the performance

Free for same-day ticket holders

Steve Cosson and members of The Civilians discuss Rimbaud in New York.

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