As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica will present a combination of dance, theater, puppetry and animation with two intermedia parables for the 21st century, Oh My Tiger and Ocean/Flight Friday through Sunday, May 29th through 31st.
Performances are scheduled at 8:30 p.m. May 29th and 30th, and at 7:30 p.m. May 31st, at Highways, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica.
Director/choreographer Mira Kingsley and playwright Sibyl O’Malley continue their adventures in materials of a humble, human scale that are capable of “astonishing and courageous transformations” with Oh My Tiger, a Highways spokesman says. The story of radical activism tells of a young man who feeds himself to a starving mother Tiger.
Ocean/Flight, created by innovative theater director Chi-wang Yang, uses the story of aviator Charles Lindbergh’s revolutionary solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean to—examine the modern-day bond with technology, and how much people are willing to surrender in the name of progress.
Oh My Tiger brings to life a Tibetan Buddhist tale using spoken language, dance, puppetry, and sound. The original myth tells of three princely brothers out for a day of jubilant flower-picking who come upon a mysterious forest and a very hungry tiger. Moved by a love beyond self, the youngest brother chooses to feed his own body to the starving tiger and her five cubs.
The performance seeks to challenge the limits of compassion while exposing the transcendent potential, the Highways spokesman said. Performers appear on stage as formal characters, as “look-you-in-the-eye” storytellers and as their human selves.
Director Kingsley is dedicated to the collaborative creation of new interdisciplinary works for live performance with a focus on the intersection between dance and theater.
Heralded as one of the most innovative new voices on the American stage, director Chi-wang Yang and team present the first installment of Ocean/Flight, a new intermedia parable for the 21st century. Chi-wang was the recipient of the 2006 Princess Grace Award for Theater Directing.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for members, students and seniors. The Saturday, May 30th performance benefits Highways. For reservations or to buy tickets, (310) 315-1459 or www.highwaysperformance.org/.