Defibrillator: The Chameleons Group
T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land
The Defibrillator Gallery
1463 W Chicago Ave
March 2, 2016
T.S. Eliot’s poetic tour de force is dramatically brought to life in an extraordinary theatre performance by award-winning actor and director Steve Dixon. It fuses live theatre, digital projections and a mesmeric original sound design by composer Joyce Beethuan Koh.
T.S. Eliot’s epic poem The Waste Land (1922) is a dazzling and visionary narrative of passion, hope, anger, lust and madness, which is re-imagined for the first time as an experimental multimedia theatre piece. On stage, Dixon recites and begins to ‘relive’ Eliot’s iconic text, while on a giant screen behind him, the poem’s imagery unfolds in a breathless stream of visuals. Meanwhile, Eliot’s bizarre characters – from mysterious clairvoyant Madame Sosostris to a ravishing Cleopatra and a brutal psycho-killer – appear as movie characters on screen, coaxing, seducing, and terrifying the man …
The performance lasts 50 minutes.
Conceived and performed by Steve Dixon
Original music and sound design: Joyce Beethuan Koh
Stage Director: Tony Knight
Professor Steve Dixon is a renowned performer, researcher and the director of The Chameleons Group (since 1994), which produces innovative works for stage and interactive media. He is President of LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.
This performance/presentation is also an aspect of RE:MESH.WWWERK/s, curated jonCates and presented by the Film, Video, New Media and Animation Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. HTTP://REMESH.WORK