Nature Theater of Oklahoma

Nature Theater of Oklahoma, New York
“Life and Times – Episode 1”

Life and Times – Episode 1

Life and Times – Episode 1

© Reinhard Werner / Burgtheater Wien

  • Length 3h 35, one interval
  • In English with English and German surtitles

Past Dates

Life is a musical. Live music, movement and songs unite to form a musical play in the style of communist mass spectacles in the first part of the saga of Kristin Worrall’s early childhood. In “Life and Times – Episode 1”, a co-production with the Burgtheater in Vienna with which Nature Theater of Oklahoma were invited to the Theatertreffen in 2010, the New York group melds their love of conceptual art with playful melodies and angular, clumsy group choreographies to form an extraordinary epic about an ordinary life. Without a single spoken word, the performers sing and dance through Worrall’s memories of the time around her birth in the mid-70s to when she was eight years old, and while doing so, they lend as much weight to every “um” and “ah” and “I was like …” as to all the other words. The optimistic beats on the ukulele mould the soundtrack to images and moments from the memoirs of an average middle-class, American girl – the favourite toy she couldn’t live without, the yellow and gold bedroom, the first, second and third best friend, the sister who never wore shoes. These moments are a universal space for our own memories of stories, joys, hopes and childhood embarrassments.

Conceived and directed by Pavol Liska, Kelly Copper
From a telephone conversation with Kristin Worrall
Music Robert M. Johanson
Design by Peter Nigrini
Dramaturge Florian Malzacher
Production manager NTOK Dany Naierman
Audio engineer Daniel Gower
Project management Nora Hertlein

Ilan Bachrach, Asli Bulbul, Elisabeth Conner, Gabel Eiben, Daniel Gower, Anne Gridley, Robert M. Johanson, Matthew Korahais, Julie LaMendola, Kristin Worrall

A production of Nature Theater of Oklahoma and Burgtheater Wien in co-production with Kampnagel Hamburg, Kaaitheater (Brussels), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Festival De Internationale Keuze (Rotterdam) and Wexner Center for the Arts / Ohio State University with support from The MAP Fund, a programme of Creative Capital, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.

“Das große Nature Theater of Oklahoma ruft Euch!” is a joint project of HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Berliner Festspiele / Foreign Affairs, funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
HAU / Hebbel am Ufer