Part of FringeNYC: A stranger offers a serpent the chance to become human and pursue the man she desires, but her secret could destroy them both. Part dance, live music and theater, Lamia explores the boundaries we cross to find love.
Categories: Dance / Physical Theatre, Musical/Opera, Local. From Theatre Uzume. Written by Molly Haas-Hooven; Music by John Barber and Janna Pelle. Directed by Suzanne Karpinski. Choreographed by Suzanne Karpinski.
FROM THE ARTIST: Lamia is a serpent that yearns to be human. She watches the life of a man she desires unfold, helpless to attract his attention. When a stranger offers her the chance to assume a womanly form, she must carry her shameful secret with her, lest her true identity destroy them both. Part dance, part live-music and part theater, Lamia explores the lengths we go to and what we compromise to reach the promise of love.
This multidisciplinary dance-theater piece brings together the musical talents of Brooklyn based rock band Ellis Ashbrook and singer/songwriter Janna Pelle, as well as Brooklyn fashion designers Tilly and William. Written by Molly Haas-Hooven with choreography by Shannon Stowe, Lamia is premiering at the NYC International Fringe Festival this summer.
"The story is told both verbally, through Fulgham’s narration, and physically, through the movement of the remaining ensemble members. The movement, grounded in contemporary and modern dance, combines fluidity with bursts of energy to allow the performers to explore love in both their words and bodies...Though at times unclear, and extremely untraditional, 'Lamia' is more than a show—it creates a full theatrical experience that engages the audience in thought and action."
“Though ‘Lamia’ revels in theatrical poetry, it’s in fact the quieter moments that give this overburdened production its strength...The production’s earnest poeticism and interpretive movements often feel superfluous to the storytelling, or it's unclear what their narrative purpose is...There’s a lot of potential here, though, and with some re-balancing of the elements with an eye toward moving the story forward, ‘Lamia’s’ grand aspirations could easily be within reach.”
"A knockout production…There are few things cooler than a Greek myth sound-tracked by heartbreaking indie rock. Excellent music and techniques aside, the true victory of ‘Lamia’ is in its emphasis on humanizing a half-human mythology, while empowering the storyteller and the individual…The uplifting ending, especially bolstered forward by the powerful performances of Tomeski and Fulgham, leave a powerful impression…The play proves itself original, compelling, and heartfelt."