Past Event

May 13—17, 2020

Metamorphosis

VESTURPORT / FROM ICELAND & UK

“Impossible to tear your eyes away. Potent, startling, visceral and thoughtful.”

The Times UK

Daring aerials bring Franz Kafka’s most famous nightmare to life.

Legendary author Franz Kafka’s most famous literary invention becomes a 3D reality in this awe-inspiring and surprisingly funny adaptation of Metamorphosis.

When Gregor Samsa awakes one morning from unsettling dreams, he realizes he’s been transformed into an insect. This widely acclaimed production combines breathtaking physicality and daring aerial action as the recently transformed Gregor negotiates a gravity-defying, split-level set. Domestic tragedy or a metaphor for totalitarian brutality? Metamorphosis is a disturbing story that will delight and astound.

Directed by Gísli Örn Gar∂arsson and David Farr, Metamorphosis is set to an evocative original soundtrack scored by world-renowned musicians Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (The Road, Lawless, Hell or High Water, Wind River), creating an atmosphere that brilliantly translates Kafka’s distinct dream-like vision to the stage. Metamorphosis was a word-of-mouth sensation in Boston in 2013; don’t miss your chance to see it during its triumphant return to the Paramount Center.

Info

Venue

Emerson Paramount Center
Robert J. Orchard Stage
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111



Dates

May 13, 2020 - May 17, 2020


Details

85 minutes, no intermission

Tickets from $25

Ages 12+

Access

American Sign Language Performance
Sun, May 17 @ 2:00 pm

Audio Described Performance
Sun, May 17 @ 2:00 pm



Artists

Presented By:

VESTURPORT


Vesturport Theatre – Founded by 13 artists in 2001, Iceland-based Vesturport Theatre rose to international prominence when their Romeo & Juliet became a hit first at the Young Vic and later the West End in London. In April 2011, Vesturport was awarded the Europe Prize New Theatrical Realities XII in St. Petersburg where Faust and Metamorphosis were performed in connection with the award ceremony.

The Lyric Hammersmith is a theatre in London built in 1895, which takes pride in its original, “groundbreaking” productions. It has two main performance areas: the Main House, a 550-seat 19th-century auditorium maintaining the original design which hosts its main productions; and the 120-seat Studio, which houses smaller productions by up-and-coming companies.

Created By:

Franz Kafka


Produced by:

Vesturport and Lyric Hammersmith


Directed and Adapted by:

David Farr and Gísli Örn Gar∂arsson


Music by:

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis


Set Design by:

Borkur Jonsson


Vesturport Theatre

Founded by 13 artists in 2001, Iceland-based Vesturport Theatre rose to international prominence when their Romeo & Juliet became a hit first at the Young Vic and later the West End in London. In April 2011, Vesturport was awarded the Europe Prize New Theatrical Realities XII in St. Petersburg where Faust and Metamorphosis were performed in connection with the award ceremony.

The Lyric Hammersmith is a theatre in London built in 1895, which takes pride in its original, “groundbreaking” productions. It has two main performance areas: the Main House, a 550-seat 19th-century auditorium maintaining the original design which hosts its main productions; and the 120-seat Studio, which houses smaller productions by up-and-coming companies.

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka (1883—1924) was born in Prague to a middle-class Jewish couple who spoke German in addition to Czech. His father was a traveling salesman who put great pressure on Franz; his mother was the well-educated child of a brew master. His two brothers died before the age of two, and his three sisters perished either in the Lodz Ghetto or at the Theresienstadt concentration camp during World War II. Kafka received a law degree and worked as an insurance officer while pursuing his own writing. He published sparingly, producing three novels and a collection of short stories and novellas, including The Metamorphosis in 1915. He died of complications from tuberculosis, stating in his will that he wished his remaining works to be burned, a mandate overruled by his executor, who published Amerika, The Castle, and The Trial.

Buzz

“The triumph of the production is that it uses physical ingenuity to get to the tragic heart of Kafka’s fable.”

— The Guardian

“It’s grimly disturbing, but illuminated by such brilliant theatricality that it’s impossible to tear your eyes away. Potent, startling, visceral and thoughtful.”

— The Times

“When Cave’s famous baritone emerges in the twisted euphoric final scene, it marks the climax of truly special night of theatre.”

— Time Out, Hong Kong

”Thanks to this team, it is very possibly, the finest, highest expression of theatre to which I’ve yet born witness.”

— Australian Stage

“Possibly the most unique and striking performance I’ve seen.
The entire production is like a loose electrical wire, sparking and twitching in the street…
HIGHLY recommended”

Michael Feeney, Audience Member Blog Comment

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