Unique Theatrical Experience:
Charles L. Mee’s Fêtes de la Nuit
Directed by Kim Weild, Charles L. Mee’s Fêtes de la Nuit has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award, for Unique Theatrical Experience. Kim and the full cast of Fêtes de la Nuit were Artists in Residence at Park Avenue Armory for the final phase of rehearsals prior to the debut performances at the Ohio Theatre in February, 2010. Park Avenue Armory wishes them hearty congratulations on this nomination.
Kim Weild, director of Fêtes de la Nuit, utilizes a technique that is ensemble-based and deeply collaborative. Thoroughly grounded in narrative, Weild’s work honors text while simultaneously weaving matrices of movement, sound and images. Steadfastly committed to the training and development of versatile, imaginative, disciplined and dedicated theatre artists, two hallmarks of Weild’s work are radical inclusion and cross-cultural collaboration.
With a strong background in ballet, Weild’s passion for the intersection between theatre and dance has had a significant impact on her practice, including profound influences from her work with Robert Wilson, Beatrice Lees and Anne Bogart. Bogart asked Kim to teach both Viewpoints and the Suzuki Method of Actor Training at SITI Co and in the west coast area.
Weild is actively engaged in developing new work for the stage and directs readings at Lincoln Center Theater, Primary Stages, NY Theater Workshop, Ma-Yi 2 G, New Georges, Epiphany Ensemble and Columbia Stages. She is associate director to Michael Blakemore having worked with him most recently on the Broadway revival of Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury and previously on Terrence McNally’s Deuce (Lansbury/Seldes) and Mark Twain/David Ives’ Is He Dead? Weild was also associate director for Tina Landau on Tarell McCraney’s WIG OUT! at the Vineyard Theatre and Charles Mee’s Iphigenia 2.0 at The Signature Theater. Weild continues to teach directing, Viewpoints, Suzuki and Composition both here and abroad.
Fêtes de la Nuit is the New York Premiere of Charles L. Mee’s sexy meditation on lust, beauty and the divine experience of love. The play is a deliciously naughty valentine to Paris, celebrating life, love and all things Parisian, weaving together a pulsating collage of dance, live music, tango, language, video and drama. Set in a sidewalk café in 21st century Paris, Fêtes reveals that from first kisses to eternal bonds, a quiet truth remains: it is always love that makes us human. Fêtes de la Nuit, translated as “celebrations of the night”, sensually expresses the beauty, complexity and passion of the human condition in relationship to the divine experience of lust and love. The play incorporates American Sign Language into a production that features three Deaf actors. The show runs from February 8 - 27, 2010 in a limited engagement at the Ohio Theatre, located at 66 Wooster Street (between Spring & Broome) in Soho, NY.
Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
For more information on the show visit www.Fetesnyc.com.
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