Leonora & Alejandro: La Maga y El Maestro
The starting point of my work on Double Edge’s Latin American Cycle was Alejandro Jodorowsky’s imaginative journey through his ancestry in Where the Bird Sings Best. Yet as the 2016 election approached, and so much misogyny laid bare, I realized that I could not make any more performances without a woman as a central figure. Discovering Leonora Carrington is no less than a revelation-- of an artistic partner, mentor, guide, and inspiration. As far as her encounter with Jodorowsky unfolded, the magic, mystery, and humanity we have portrayed is certainly to be found in both Carrington’s and Jodorowsky’s work, yet the way it is painted and imagined is without doubt mine and the ensemble’s own invention.
Stacy Klein, director
"[This performance] is steeped in magic, revealing not only the alchemical melding between great seers but also their spiritual tug of war around issues of gender. Every aspect of this performance is based on factual evidence and yet it also transcends reality to provide a tantalizing glimpse of what happens when the creative arts meet the magical arts."
Susan L. Aberth,
Associate Professor at Bard College, author of Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art
November 9 - 11, 16 - 18
7:30pm at Double Edge Theatre
A chance to see an intimate performance of Leonora and Alejandro locally after the show's premiere at Peak Performances at Montclair State University in March. Drawn from the art and life of British-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington and her encounter with the Chilean Jewish filmmaker and writer Alejandro Jodorowsky, this surreal performance is steeped in magic and reveals not only the alchemical melding between great seers but also their spiritual tug of war.
"I was stunned/stopped in my tracks by LEONORA and ALEJANDRO. As you can imagine, I’ve traveled around the world and presented/worked with poets/authors/educators/choreographers/composers/playwrights/theater directors, et al., and I don’t believe (at least, not to my recollection) that I’ve heard/seen contemporary/live performance about the-magical-mystical-mysterious-woman -- except as a character in mythology or science fiction (Doris Lessing; Octavia Butler)!"
“Double Edge provides a level of stage virtuosity that is rare among American theater ensembles.”
Executive Director for Arts and Cultural Programming, Peak Performances at Montclair State University
Women and the Unknown: presented by Stacy Klein
at the Anger / Appetite / Ambition / ART Symposium
The New York Times Critic's Pick
Review: ‘Leonora and Alejandro’ and One Rather Trippy Encounter
Peak Performances Season Brochure
"Cover yourself, Leonora" The surrealist who would not be silenced
Leonora and Alejandro Premiere Performance:
March 17 - 25, 2018
Peak Performances at Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ)
Upcoming Touring Dates TBA. Leonora & Alejandro is available for touring in several different formats, including full scale and other variations.
Read Stacy Klein's speech in Medium: