Imagining O USA

Video: Balthus in NYC (Production Videography by Matt Bockelman)

Performed 10-14 September 2014 as part of Peak Performances at the Alexander Kasser Theatre, NJ, US.

Conceived by Richard Schechner
Directed by Richard Schechner and Benjamin Mosse
Choreography and Movement Direction by Roanna Mitchell
Devised in collaboration with the ensemble
Environments by Chris Muller
Costumes by Oana Botez
Films and Photographs by Matt Bockelman
Additional Films by Jake Juba
Produced by east coast artists 

Imagining O — part theatre, part dance, part installation art — investigates sexuality and artistry, abjection and power, as imagined by Shakespeare’s Ophelia, O from Pauline Reage’s Story of O, and the ensemble.

After a first research-and development phase at the University of Kent, UK (2011) and a second iteration at the International Theatre Festival in Kerala (2012), Imagining O premiered in the US as part of Peak Performances in 2014.

Reviews:
New York Times (Five Stars)
Montclair Times
Star Ledger
Richard Schechner on Imagining O in 2014: New York Times

Devising ensemble: Deborah Leiser-Moore; Niamh Lynam-Cotter; Allison Taafe, Melissa Krodman, Kim Snauwaert, Caiti Lattimer; Julia Blauvelt; Calista Small; Maga Uzo; Kaitlin Overton; Madeline Barr; Parker Denton; Gabriela Agape; Simona Maicanescu

Dramaturgy: Carrie O’Dell

Design features: Teresa Braun

Production Management: Sarah Lucie; Nathalie Romero Marx

 

Imagining O 2014. Image: Marina Levitskaya

Imagining O 2014. Image: Marina Levitskaya

Imagining O 2014. Image: Marina Levitskaya

Imagining O 2014. Image: Marina Levitskaya

Imagining O 2014. Image: Marina Levitskaya

Imagining O 2014. Image: Marina Levitskaya

Imagining O 2014. Image: Marina Levitskaya

Imagining O 2014. Image: Marina Levitskaya

Imagining O 2014. Image: Marina Levitskaya

Imagining O 2014. Image: Marina Levitskaya

Imagining O 2014. Image: Marina Levitskaya

Imagining O 2014. Image: Marina Levitskaya

Imagining O 2014. Image: Marina Levitskaya

Imagining O 2014. Image: Marina Levitskaya

Imagining O 2014. Image: Marina Levitskaya

Imagining O 2014. Image: Marina Levitskaya