The Followers

November 1, 2016

With Choreography and original composition by Ofir Nahari, an original script by Atlanta playwright Margaret Baldwin, and direction by 7 Stages’ Artistic Director Michael Haverty, The Followers is an international collaboration creating a new adaptation of Eurypides’ The Bacchae. Performed by Kennesaw University’s Department of Theatre and Performance Studies students and dancer Erik Thurmond, The Followers presents a community in crisis which parallels the great crises of im/migration, cultural isolationism, and cyclical violence in our contemporary world. The stateless wandering of Dionysus and his followers, and the violent reaction their arrival stirs in Thebes, brings to vivid life the fear, desperation, and confusion that tribal identity politics can create. Performers shift between masked re-enactment of mythic atrocities in distant memory, vulnerable dances of manipulation and possession, and choral odes which take a hard look at how we exoticize those we fear, costuming them in our misconceptions till they appear so alien as to be unrecognizable and thus less worthy of our compassion.

Violent upheaval, corruption, and sedition persist in dictatorships and democracies across the globe. The public expresses growing disconnection from politics and political leaders. The Followers seeks to connect our present-day world of growing cultural and personal isolation with a classically mythic story of the chaos that is unleashed when repressed identities are submitted to an unpredictable force.

Organized by: Lucas Dear

Location: 462 Prillaman Way NW , Atlanta, GA 30144 United States

Price: 15.00

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