One of several gorgeous scroll segments you can claim as a reward at the $200 level (first-come/first-served).
Possession: Baudelaire in a Box, Episode #5 (at Pivot Arts)
We are pleased to bring back the latest installment of Baudelaire in a Box, as we share the bill with Manual Cinema at Edgewater & Uptown’s new Pivot Arts Festival. Theater Oobleck will present 16 cantastorias adapted from the work of Charles Baudelaire.
Baudelaire in a Box, Episode 5: Possession
and Manual Cinema’s ADA/AVA
Thursday, June 13 – Saturday June 15, 7:30pm
Sunday, June 16 AT 3pm
ESSANAY STUDIOS at ST. AUGUSTINE COLLEGE
1333 – 45 W. Argyle Street
(Where Charlie Chaplin used to make movies!)
Tickets $15, available on-line.
Welcome to Oobleck’s19th-century movie house of ill-repute. Possession: Baudelaire in a Box, Episode #5 features songs of poison, betrayal, and shame to be washed down with longing, lust, and liquor. Charles Baudelaire’s notorious poems are performed by Ronnie Kuller, Chris Schoen, and Lindsey Whiting, as yards and yards of Dave Buchen’s beautiful and witty paintings scroll by as an interactive backdrop.
Chris, Ronnie, & Jeff Dorchen have each adapted five poems from Baudelaire’s 1857 book Les Fleurs du mal. Mucca Pazza accordionist Ronnie Kuller performs her five poems – including “The Fountain of Blood” and “Beauty” – in the original French. Mucca Pazza regular Lindsey Whiting sing Jeff Dorchen’s English adaptations of such poems as “Metamorphosis of the Vampire” and “The Ghost.” Chris Schoen performs his own translations of “Love and the Skull,” “The Cracked Bell,” and three more. As a nightcap, the prose poem “Get Drunk” will be performed by Dave Buchen.
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 Chicago, New York, North Carolina, San Juan, and Madison, Wisconsin, by Buchen, Schoen, and a motley cast of 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 Chris Schoen and Emmy Bean performing “Cupid and the Skull” from Possession.
Here’s a selection of videos from past Episodes.
Want an audio taste? Here’s a sneak preview from the forthcoming Baudelaire in a Box album “Heaven or Hell or Wherever,” featuring Schoen, Emmy Bean, John Szymanski, Ann Speroni (Art of Flying), and Heather Trost (A Hawk and a Hacksaw).
Dave is blogging about the process here, at the Baudelaire in a Box Blog.
Chris blogs his translations here.
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.
We are performing as part of the inaugural Pivot Multi-Arts Festival, a celebration of innovative music, theater and dance June 6-22 throughout Uptown and Edgewater. See here for more information on the whole festival. For more info on Manual Cinema, go here.