Experimental play explores all kinds of loss
Song of the Dodo comes to Pacific Dec. 3
Death, grief and mass extinction get an unusual treatment as Pacific University welcomes the Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble back for the 2013 Benjamin and Elaine Whiteley Distinguised Lecture.
Following an award-winning production of R3 last January, the experimental group presents its newest collaborative production, Song of the Dodo, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Tom Miles Theatre, 2115 Pacific. Ave. in Forest Grove.
As a three-act play, Song of the Dodo adopts the structure of traditional Greek tragedy to explore the personal relationship with death and loss as it relates to larger patterns of mass extinction and environmental destruction.
Drawing on ancient and modern writings, Dodo sits inside the gap between how we talk about death and how we feel about it: grief disguised as rage, pathos diluted to politeness.
Dodo is a shriek of lamentation tucked inside a clown show, an examination of the many little (and big) extinctions, personal and global, that people ignore every day.
Under the direction of Jacob Coleman, the ensemble uses dance, extended voice, lamentation, contemporary design techniques and original music to spark emotions, mystery and understanding.
The 75-minute performance will be followed by a reception and a brief conversation with the artists and Pacific faculty.
The production is presented by Pacifics School of Arts & Humanities and is made possible by the generous support of the Whiteleys.
Admission is free, but tickets are required and available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.Add a comment