Accadde Domani
Butoh, Flamenco & Rituals

December 11 - 20, 2003
Dec 11 - 14 & 18 - 20 @8:00pm
The First Floor Theatre

written by Dario Fo & Franca Rame
adapted by Shigeko Suga


ACCADDE DOMANI is adapted by Shigeko Suga from the collection "Orgasmo Adulto Escapes from the Zoo" by Franca Rame and Dario Fo, (the latter was awarded the 1997 Nobel Prize. in literature.) It is a piece about Irmgard Moeller, a German terrorist and member of the RAFF (Red Army Faction) who was sentenced to 22 years in jail for bombing and killing three U. S. soldiers in 1972, and who was stabbed during her detention. She was revived by a young doctor who noticed her breathing on her way to the morgue. The play is Moeller's monologue describing her state of mind and her sensations before, during and after the stabbing.

Suga plays Moeller and Ernest Abuba plays the assailant. The adaptation blends chants, music, Flamenco, Butoh, and various rituals--some of which come from the Japanese Zen temple where Suga was raised. Poetry written by Ernest Abuba has been set to traditional Flamenco melodies by Suga, and the resulting songs will be sung by the ensemble and chanted by Abuba. Accompaniment is Ian Banks (Spanish Guitar) and a percussionist to be named. The ensemble includes Minouche Waring, Michal Gamily, Stephanie Rafferty, Gian Marco Lo Forte, Kendra Ware, Del Wright and two others yet to be named as of this writing.

Coinciding with this production, La MaMa's Annex Theater will also resound with the powerful rythms of flamenco from December 11 to 21 with the American premiere of Maria Elena Anaya's newest dance production, "De Passiones Sin Retorno" (Passions with No Return). This nine-part evening is the renowned Spanish Dancer's first show at La MaMa since 1999 and a blend of Flamenco, Tango and Modern Dance.

Shigeko Suga is a member of La MaMa's Great Jones Repertory Company and a noteworthy Flamenco dancer. She adapted Genet's "The Maids" into a Flamenco story at The Kitchen in 1991; the production was subsequently presented as part of the International Tallwood Festival in Munich in 1998. Her interest in Genet's work then led to an adaptation of "Le Balcon" into Flamenco at La MaMa in 1992, featuring the late Maria Alba in her final performance. The New York Times (Jennifer Dunning) wrote, "There cannot have been many flamenco-Butoh stagings of the plays of Jean Genet. But Shigeko Suga Aguirre proved that it can be done. . . . Every bit of the stage space is used imaginatively. And the actors are persuasive. " Her dance theater works at La MaMa also include "Sotoba Komachi, Teatro Flamenco (1995)," adapted from Yukio Mishima's play, "Pasando (1997)," an evening of steamy, sexy, Spanish dance designed to evoke a traditional Andalusian nightclub; and "Shiku Hakku: The Eight Sufferings (2000)," a show combining Flamenco, Butoh, African tap and modern dance with speech and acting. Her dance company, Indalo Artists, is named for an extinct civilization from the south of Spain.

Her latest creation at La MaMa was "Seguiriya--The Heart Beats," an account of an illness, in 2002. Deborah Jowitt (Village Voice) described the usage of the two dance forms writing, "Flamenco becomes the metaphor for health and power, Butoh for the deformations of body and spirit through illness, the inchoate cries of the immobilized flesh. "

Her acting appearances with La MaMa's Great Jones Rep include Hecuba in "The Trojan Women" and (directed by Andrei Serban, composed by Elizabeth Swados) and three productions by Ellen Stewart, "Dionysus Filius Dei," "Mythos Oedipus" and "Yunus." She was the translator and movement coach of Broadway's "Shimada" in 1991.

Ernest Abuba performed on Broadway in "Pacific Overtures," "Loose Ends," "Zoya'a Apartment" and "Shimada" and Off-Broadway in "Shogun McBeth," "Yellow Fever," "Chang Fragments," "Three Sisters" and "Long Day's Journey Into Night". He co-starred in the films "King of New York" (with Christopher Walken) and "12 Monkeys" (directed by Terry Gilliam). His TV appearances include "New York Undercover," "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" and "The Bill Cosby Show. " His plays include "The Dowager Empress of China" (La MaMa, 1978), "An American Story" (Pan Asian Rep/La MaMa, 1990), a stage adaptation of Louis Chu's novel, "Eat a Bowl of Tea," and "Cambodia Agonistes," which was produced Off-Broadway by Pan Asian Rep and was featured at the Cairo International Experimental Theater Festival and The Arts Alive Festival (Johannesburg, South Africa). He played the title role in Robert Wilson's "Promethius" at the Guggenheim in 2001. He is also an accomplished director. He has received an Obie for sustained excellence, a CAPS Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship and five NYSCA fellowships for directing and playwriting. He is a founding member of Pan Asian Repertory.

His collaborations with Shigeko Suga include "Night Stalker" and "Lier Rex," both presented by La MaMa in 1997 and 1998, in which Shigeko Suga was co-director and choreographer. He played the lead in Suga's "Sotoba Komachi, Teatro Flamenco y Butoh" (1995). They co-directed "Spleen," a performance work inspired by Baudelaire's "Les fleurs du Mal," at H.T. Chen's Mulberry Street Theatre in 2001. They have been closely associated since 1986, when they acted in Pan Asian Rep's "Shogun Macbeth," he as title character and she as an attendant to Lady Macbeth.

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