Leonora & Alejandro: La Maga y El Maestro
Peak Performances at Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ)
March 17 - 18 and 22 - 25
Double Edge Theatre returns to Peak Performances with this new work that concludes the company’s Latin American Cycle. In Leonora and Alejandro: La Maga y El Maestro, Stacy Klein, Double Edge’s founder and artistic director, envisions a conversation between Leonora Carrington, the late British-born Mexican artist, surrealist painter, novelist and founding member of Mexico’s Women’s Liberation Movement, and Alejandro Jodorowsky, the Chilean-French filmmaker. Jodorowsky and Carrington are two artists who see the world in a similar way—they once made a play together in Mexico City, and Jodorowsky credits Carrington with introducing him to the tarot—but approach it differently. Klein notes that in the writings of both artists “things grow out of nothing, out of daily life,” but, she says, “In Carrington’s writing, that growth is personal, intimate, while in the case of Jodorowsky, it’s always large-scale, epic.” Leonora and Alejandro will take up themes common in Jodorowsky’s and Carrington’s work: the silencing of women, the role of military puppets and corporate thugs, and the purposeful devastation of land, water and people. Alejandro Jodorowsky was a source of inspiration for the previous two works in Double Edge’s Latin American Cycle, the outdoor spectacles Cada Luna Azul (Once a Blue Moon) (2015) and A Latin American Spectacle (2016). With the company’s new work, Klein wanted to further explore Jodorowsky’s artistry, but, she said, “I can no longer create work that does not feature women’s experience in a primary role.” Her deep dive into the women of the Latin American art world led Klein to Leonora Carrington, who passed away in 2011. Leonora and Alejandro is the second work by Stacy Klein and Double Edge Theatre to be presented by Peak Performances, following a successful run of The Grand Parade in 2016.
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