The Devils of Loudun

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Opened Jan 2, 2003
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Theatre Group Dzieci presents the world premiere of The Devils of Loudun, adapted and directed by Matt Mitler. This multilayered chamber piece is about mass possession, sin, and redemption, inspired by Aldous Huxley's historical treatise. The story, set in 17th century France, involves a group of nuns who become possessed by devils, and the local parish priest who is burned at the stake as a result. In development for five years, the piece has grown from a strictly movement-based performance piece into a ritualized integration of text, music, and movement that makes for a compelling, visceral, and rewarding experience for actors and audience alike. The text has been compiled from a variety of sacred and classic sources; the abundant vocal music comes from a wide range of Medieval and Renaissance sources; and elements of sacred movement and traditional dance, as well as techniques from mime, Commedidia dell'Arte, and Meyerhold, have been integrated into the staging. The overall effect is to create layers of detail that will make each audience member's experience of the piece unique and unforgettable.

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