I adore everything that Djahari Clark and Desert Sin do. They manage to bring fairy tales and mythology to life on stage through theatrical dance and costume, and their performances are badass and breathtaking. Their aesthetic is like a live-action 80s Henson fantasy film meets Balinese puppetry pageant, with a dark adult edge thrown into the brew. If this all sounds delish to you, then you'll be glad to know they have a new show opening next week called Cloud Cuckooland. Loosely based on Aristophane's The Birds, the show is an opulent avian evening of "death and passion," as the press materials state.
If this all wasn't enough, I'm overjoyed to share that my favorite playwright / spousal comrade, Matthew Freeman, has written text for this, so I am majorly fangirling out, as the kids say.
Cloud Cuckooland, a dark fairytale conceived and directed by Djahari Clark (Desert Sin), with lyrical text by playwright Matthew Freeman (Why We Left Brooklyn with Blue Coyote Theater Group)
The production will run September 8-17 at House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn) with performances Thursday through Saturday at 8pm.
This beautiful multi-media story is a journey through sight and sound inspired by ancient Greek tragedies, and birds. A story about death and rebirth, performed with dance, puppetry, spoken word, song, and aerial. Cloud Cuckooland centers on a Girl who, upon her death, journeys into a fantasy world where she becomes Queen of the Birds. But her Queendom is contingent on leaving her heart behind…a doomed existence the ambiguous birds enjoy to the very end. Wrapped in fairytale magic, Cloud Cuckooland speaks to modern society’s diminishing link to our inner selves while awakening our imagination.
September 8, 9, 10 & 15, 16, 17 @ 8pm
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Tickets here - be sure to nab yours before they fly away.