San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Are creation myths and millennial prophecies mirror images of each other? In the Iroquois tradition, our world began with catastrophe: the Sky Woman’s husband, learning that she’s pregnant, hurls her into an abyss. Rather than meeting destruction, she lands on a giant turtle and the world is born. Prophecy in contemporary America is not so different: it foretells of an abyss towards which we’re hurtling, and the choices that we make as we approach it will determine whether we’re destroyed or renewed.
In this unique one-night event, Mugwumpin and Theatre of Yugen, two of San Francisco’s most innovative theater companies, introduce audiences to the themes and ideas flowing through their latest works and the cross-currents between them.
In late September, Theatre of Yugen will premiere Mystical Abyss, directed by Yugen founder Yuriko Doi. In this pan-cultural work, the company takes their Japanese Noh-inspired work in surprising new directions, incorporating digital animation and Aztec, Mohawk, and Mexican folkloric dancers and musicians to interweave Japanese and Iroquois creation myths.
Meanwhile, Mugwumpin is at work and play, creating their new original work on the theme of American prophecy, which will premiere in March, 2013. With humor laced with dread, Mugwumpin taps the deep well of American prophetic tradition, in which America judges itself for failing to live up to its own promises.
The evening will feature excerpts of both company’s work, and a talk on Mohawk prophecy from Mohawk musician-activists Kenny and Roger Perkins. The audience will be invited to engage in this lively discussion about creation, destruction, and the balance between the two.
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We are a San Francisco-based ensemble that devises collective live art. We celebrate and shine a light on subjective experience, with a focus on questions, not answers. By recognizing our own and others' autonomy, we navigate the space in between each other and therby develop empathy and sesitivity within and beyond our sensemble. Our collaborative process of making art is reflected in the public's experience of the work, and ripples outward from there. We value impactful sensory experiences, artistic risk, physicality, playfulness and precision.