A Kingdom, A Chasm

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A Kingdom, A Chasm

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A DEEP SPACE PERFORMANCE RESIDENCY

A KINGDOM, A CHASM is an ensemble-devised work of wild, poetic physical theater created with a team of New Orleans artists in collaboration with Chicago playwright Zina Camblin. The work imagines a devastated future in which three unlikely companions must sustain a community in the ravaged wilderness that was once New Orleans. Brought together by disaster, living in the shelter of a disintegrating car, Emelda, Dudley, and Chauncey have created their own mini-society complete with the rituals and manners of a lost time. Their social biases have also survived catastrophe, and their little world is at the point of collapse. Through absurd humor and exuberant physicality A Kingdom, A Chasm explores the dysfunction of defunct social systems and the tenuous compassion that holds humans together in spite of it all. Taking inspiration from the likes of the mad tea party in Alice in Wonderland and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Vagabond Inventions uses its contemporary approach to classic clowning to tell this surrealistic tale of friendship amidst crisis.

Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 7:30PM

NACL Theatre

110 Highland Lake Rd - Highland Lake, NY 12743

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Vagabond Inventions is a New Orleans-based association of physical theater artists who share a language of ensemble-devised theater. Vagabond Inventions’ work, described as “Beckett-meets-Fellini” by the Montreal Gazette, explores worlds in disequilibrium. The company’s current project, A Kingdom, A Chasm, received a 2016 grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters to collaborate with co-writer Zina Camblin, celebrated playwright and former team-writer on Queen Latifah’s BET cable show, “Let’s Stay Together.”

The company is directed by Jennifer Sargent, a graduate of the École Lecoq in Paris. In addition to A Kingdom, A Chasm, Vagabond Inventions has created four full-length productions which have toured across the US and to six countries. The company’s work has appeared at leading experimental venues in NYC including The Chocolate Factory, The Brick Theater, Dixon Place, and The Bushwick Starr.