STORM: Walkabout Theater Company with Moon Fool

Walkabout Theater Company's THE WILD

“The matching of visible strength with invisible force.” Rhythmic, muscular, and full of risk, The Wild is the world premiere of a devised laboratory theater performance based on the words of playwright Charles Mee, Dionysian rituals, and a pulsing mix of global folk performance. Walkabout Theater Company examines what happens to people when institutions crumble and deities fail to show up.

The Wild was created using Walkabout’s model of laboratory theater, a process of creating work that emphasizes the actor as author, develops a practice of actor training, and cultivates visceral experience. Beginning with the mythic figure of Dionysus and the work of playwright Charles Mee, the Walkabout ensemble gathered a collage of theatrical research including American and Bulgarian folk music, barbershop quartet standards, choreography from Bob Fosse and West African dance, pagan parade costumes, and text from Charles Mee, Chekhov and Euripides.

Using these sources, ensemble improvisations, and original work by the actors, The Wild was created as an exploration of savagery, civilization, worship, boundaries, tearing something apart and attempting to put it back together again.

“It is a wild ride, indeed, and one that heeds the siren call of rich visuals and incantatory ritual and high-octane movement...”
Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune, ★★★

“The Wild is part Martha Graham and Pina Bausch, part Fellini and Guillermo del Toro, and altogether brilliant in its mix of primal drives rational restraints. ...a daring, stunningly surreal ritualistic feast of dance, drama, music, wrestling, and costuming magic...”
Hedy Weiss, The Chicago Sun Times – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“The Wild’s curious construction, sumptuous visuals and seductive physicality could leave you wanting a second go at it.” Kris Vire, TimeOut Chicago – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“The energy generated and work created by this process-oriented ensemble is uniformly terrific, well-executed and worth the hour spent in their company.” Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review – RECOMMENDED

Moon Fool is an umbrella name for international theatre and music exchange since 2004. Founded by Anna-Helena McLean, former principal of the Polish physical theatre company, Gardzienice, Moon Fool operates in partnership with Anirudh Nair (Delhi) to combine Eastern and Western theatre practices in devising original music, movement, and text-based performance and practice. The company has formed Actor-Chorus-Text (ACT) ensemble training, ACT Youth, a Day & Night world music collective, as well as the critically acclaimed productions ill met by moonlight (Christopher Sivertsen, Peter Swaffer-Reynolds, Ian Morgan) and Titania - a solo cabaret. The company has seven full performances in repertoire, each with its own unique training and scale (King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III and A Midsummer Night's Dream) - branching adult, youth, able, and disabled works, national and international tours - and an ensemble training approach (ACT) forming modules at leading educational institutes around the world (DePaul School of Drama in Chicago, Winchester University, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

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A fierce re-imagining of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Charged with lightning and magic, a cast of international and Chicago performers weave together original live music, singing, theatre, acrobatics and movement to capture the wild battle between humanity and nature. Travel into the not-so-distant future, where audiences are immersed in a world of fantasy, spectacle and haunting beauty – balancing the ageless work of Shakespeare with the climatic dilemmas that face our global family today.

In a remote island bunker sheltered from the chaos of the outside world, exiled geo-­engineer Prospero furiously works to control the elements and pave the way for a new world of calm and sustainable prosperity. Poised on the brink of her own coming­-of-­age, his daughter Miranda uncovers an earthshaking truth: the Storm lives within us all.


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