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
Jalopy Theater
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.

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