Song of the Dodo
Song of the DOdo
Song of the Dodo staggers drunkenly into the issue of extinction and ends up making a fool of herself. And isn’t this how most of us react to tragedy? Drawing on the writings of Euripides and Anne Carson and interviews with actors Nicol Williamson and Katherine Hepburn, Dodo sits inside the gap between how we talk about death and how we feel about it. We find grief disguised as rage, pathos diluted to politeness. Dodo is a shriek of lamentation tucked inside a clown show, a traditional Greek tragedy devoured by a contemporary hunger. It uses dance, extended voice, lamentation, contemporary design techniques, and original music to examine the many little (and big) extinctions, personal and global, that we ignore every day. uses dance, extended voice, lamentation, contemporary design techniques and original music to create a melody of mystery and contradiction intended to move emotion and make space for understanding.
PETE are one of my great hopes for the future of the Portland theater scene. Their work is unapologetically experimental, technically sophisticated, and engaged with questions about what role theater can play in contemporary culture.
Alternately silly, contemplative and bleak... one of the most disgusting and arresting things I’ve seen onstage.
A big measure of the success of a non-narrative show... is how effectively the show engages my curiosity. Do I want to understand this cryptic piece of theater? Is there humor and rigor? Am I motivated to understand how the pieces fit together? In the case of Song of the Dodo, the answer is yes.
July 28, 2012
August 18, 2012
November 9-24, 2013
Venue: Studio 2
Director: Jacob Coleman
*Member, Actors' Equity Association
Music: Mark Valadez
Light and set design:Miranda K. Hardy
Costume design: Jenny Ampersand
Stage Manager: Sophie Eisenstat
Assistant Directors: Amy Wolfberg (2012), Ruxy Cantir (2013)
Photography: Gary Norman (Portland production) & Tim Summers (Seattle production)
Made possible with support from Ronni LaCroute.