Two men, one tiny room rigged up like a real-life Rube Goldberg cartoon— that’s just about all this remarkable live-action silent film needs to create a hilarious, stylized hurricane of slapstick mayhem. That, and the “mechanical” doll they’ve constructed for cleaning duties. But this doll develops a mind of her own, and soon these wordless actors are lost in a maze of outrageous calamities. With a knowing nod to comedic legend Buster Keaton, creator Jakop Ahlbom along with a supremely gifted cast and the Dutch indie heroes Alamo Race Track have fashioned a classic of delightfully stylized chaos that’s completely unexpected and hysterically surprising.
“WITH MIME, ACROBATICS AND MAGIC THEY TRICK THEIR AUDIENCE WITH MIND BLOWING STUNTS ON OR OFF STAGE.” —DE VOLKSKRANT
ABOUT JAKOP AHLBOMJakop Ahlbom combines theatre, mime, dance, music and the world of illusion. His creations have been performed and selected for national prizes at the Dutch Theatre Festival as well as the international Salzburger Festspiele, among others. In 2013, he was invited to direct a new production of Les Contes d’Hoffman for the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and helmed a production of the acclaimed Tracy Letts play Bug. He recently received his second four-year subsidy for theatre arts companies from the Performing Arts Fund NL+.
- Location: Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage
- By: Jakop Ahlbom
- Conceived and Directed by: Jakop Ahlbom
- Original music by: Alamo Race Track
- Series: Pioneers, Family
- Ages: 12+
- Running Time: 70 minutes with no intermission
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- Lebensraum features indie legends from Amsterdam Alamo Race Track providing the live score! Listen to their music on our SoundCloud playlist.