Baudelaire in a Box, Episode #6: Elevation
Oobleck’s headed back to Brooklyn!
We are pleased to present the latest installment of Baudelaire in a Box, brand-new cantastorias adapted from the work of Charles Baudelaire.
Baudelaire in a Box, Episode 6: Elevation
October 25 & 26, 8:30pm
315 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, New York
$10 advanced tickets on-line.
$10 “suggested donation, more if you’ve got it, free if you’re broke” tickets at the door.
Welcome to Oobleck’s19th-century movie house of ill-repute, Baudelaire in a Box, Episode #6: Elevation. Charles Baudelaire’s notorious poems are set to music and performed by Adelind Horan, Amalea Tshilds, Kate Douglas, and Amy Warren, as yards and yards of Dave Buchen’s beautiful and witty paintings scroll by as an interactive backdrop.
Dubbed “an act of extravagant artistic idiosyncrasy” by the Chicago Reader, Baudelaire in a Box is a serial cantastoria project based on the work of Charles Baudelaire. Over the course of seven years (culminating in 2017, the sesquicentennial of Baudelaire’s death), the project will adapt each poem from Fleurs du mal as a unique cantastoria, pairing each musical adapation with “crankies” designed and illustrated by Dave Buchen. Over 30 poems have already been adapted and performed in Illinois, New York, Connecticut, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Wisconsin, by a growing group of musical collaborators.
It is a project so ambitious, so immense, that it cannot be contained on a single web page. And so:
Here’s a video of Lindsey Noel Whiting and Ronnie Kuller performing Jeff Dorchen’s version of “The Clock” from the previous episode: Possession.
Dave is blogging about the process here, at the Baudelaire in a Box Blog.
A video explanation of the cantastoria art form is presented by our colleague Clare Dolan here.
And learn more about Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal here.
Adelind is a Brooklyn-based actor/musician. She’s been touring her verbatim one-woman show about mountaintop removal in Appalachia for the past couple years (Best Documentary Play, United Solo Festival 2012) and will be performing it again on November 18th at Theatre Row! Shakespeare, improv, comedy shorts, and short films are her ongoing creative endeavors. She’ll be shooting her first feature film this summer and will also be appearing in Equus this winter at the Gallery
Players. Her website is here.
Amalea Tshilds studied painting at Bard College before turning to music, performing on guitar and voice with such acts as the Paulina Hollers. Her first solo recording, Broken Tiles, was released in 2006. Amalea is also the owner of award-winning restaurants Lula Cafe and Nightwood and the mother of two small, dazzling children. She lives in Logan Square in Chicago.
Kate Douglas is a NYC-based composer, writer and performer. She has sung with artists such as Todd Almond and Lisa Sokolov, and her compositions have been featured at the New York Musical Theatre Festival as part of a concert of work by new composers. Her concert piece The Imaginary Menagerie has headlined at Joe’s Pub and is currently in residence at The Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel. The next chapter of The Imaginary Menagerie, The Death of Katherine Hayes, was performed this summer at Ars Nova’s ANT Festival. Her first record, The Blue House EP, is due to be released later this year. Her website is here.
Amy Warren is an actress, singer and erstwhile songwriter, very happy to be working with Dave Buchen and the wonderful folks of Theater Oobleck again! Member of former Chicago band Tallulah, recordings with The Aluminum Group and
Cooler by the Lake, she has written music for LATE at the Piven, Paris by Night at Trinity Rep and PULP which won the 2004 Jeff Award for Best Original Music.