Last Waltz, an interdisciplinary ensemble performance co-directed by local purveyors of the bold and visceral Rochelle Fabb and Michael Sakamoto and featuring their Empire of Teeth performance group, opens with a preview at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 2nd, at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica.
The show continues Friday through Sunday, February 3rd to 5th. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors and $12 for the Thursday night preview performance.
Experimental and impressionistic like Jean-Paul Sartre’s bittersweet tale of fated lovers in Les Jeux Sont Faits, Last Waltz is a tale of desperate romance, love, desire and nostalgia.
The show seats theatergoers within the actual environment or “world” of the story in order to explore alternate modes of communication and interactiveness between cast and audience. Audience members may even experience chance encounters with strangers or share a dance with various characters.
The story itself is a mesh of poetic theatricality, realism and absurd humor, according to Empire of Teeth. Cabaret, live art and installation are added to the mix to help the story be more fully realized.
Last Waltz depicts an intentionally absurd, existential romance between two couples — a military “comfort woman” and a priest who photographs soldiers on the one hand, and a godlike “Fate” and a schizophrenic angel on the other. The unlikely pairs are destined for each other, but miss each other during life. By a loophole in fate, they meet in Purgatory and are granted 24 hours back on Earth to find missed romance, prove their love and live again. The Empire of Teeth actors seek to portray irrational desire, isolation and oblivion and in the process explore numerous forms of intimacy, according to the group.
Much of the dreamscape visual aesthetic is inspired by documented deathbed hallucinations, which are said to draw out the heartbreaking, humorous and transcendent nature of life and love, according to Empire of Teeth. A live sound score accompanies the acting.
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