Innovative theater is coming to Scottsdale Arts in 2022

From the recontextualization of a classic opera through a contemporary theme of Black Lives Matter to a play in a massive dress to the mystery of India’s endangered vultures seasoned with a hint of Bollywood disco, a mixture eclectic of theatrical offerings can be found at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts this spring.

“When we’re looking for theatrical events to bring to the center, we’re looking for really special things,” said Meribeth Reeves, executive director of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. “There is a wonderful, vibrant and active theater community in the valley, and we are not looking to provide something that can already be found here, but to support the community and bring in artists from around the world who can inspire, share their world views with us and explore theater in new and innovative ways.”

On February 22, New York-based Heartbeat Opera will bring its modern take on Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidelio,” but this accessible 90-minute version of the classic has been reimagined as the story of a Black Lives activist. Matter who is wrongfully incarcerated. His wife, Leah, disguises herself to infiltrate the system and free him. Featuring the recorded voices of incarcerated people from prison choirs and new dialogue in English, this bold adaptation pits corruption against courage, hatred against hope.

With seven performances over four days, starting February 24, “Bedtime Stories,” by artist collective Urland, features actor Thomas Didkiewicz in a dark, solo, coming-of-age live radio play. adult, which is a tribute to imagination, technology and the struggles of life itself. It tells the story of Lilly, a young girl descended from great storytellers, who – every night before going to bed – gets lost in an unexplored universe created only for her.

Part musical theatre, part concert, part dance performance, part party at your local pub, “The Choir of Man” delivers pop, classic rock, folk, Broadway and pub tunes from a multi-talented cast of nine handsome guys. This hugely entertaining show received rave reviews from Broadway World, The Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. and poetic meditations on the power of community. With a real working bar on stage, come ready to drink in the action.

Presenting for eight performances from April 6-10, “The Other Mozart” is an award-winning piece about the true and forgotten story of Nannerl Mozart, sister of Amadeus and prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer who performed with her brother with a equal success. but whose work and history have been lost to history. Created, written and performed by Sylvia Milo, “The Other Mozart” has received critical acclaim Off-Broadway and is set in a stunning 18-foot robe. The period style movement will create a world of opulence and elegance – a multi-sensual experience that will transport the audience to a world of outsized beauty and pleasure.

Indian Ink Theater Company, coming to the Valley from New Zealand, has a reputation for offering “human and psychological insight in a package of simple good laughs, bright performances and brilliant stagecraft”, according to the Dominion New Zealand Post. The company’s “Heaven or the Impermanence of Ice Cream” is inspired by Ernest Becker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Denial of Death” and the vibrant, bustling chaos of Europe’s most cosmopolitan city. India, Mumbai. Jacob Rajan will deliver a dazzling solo performance as he channels seven characters, weaving the afterlife and a hint of Bollywood disco into the real-life mystery of India’s endangered vultures.

And younger viewers might want to catch “B-The Underwater Bubble Show” on March 19 or the non-verbal “Balloonacy,” which runs for four performances from April 29 through May 1. “B-The Underwater Bubble Show” is a modern fairy tale that blends drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, contortionism, sand art and magic with the stunning beauty of soap bubbles for a real visual spectacle. And “Balloonacy” is a tender, uplifting and hilarious comedy that explores the power of friendship and shows how, with a little imagination and acceptance, companionship is everywhere.

Each of these theatrical performances shares a unique view or perspective of the world. And several artists will offer masterclasses and workshops to share their art with other theater professionals and students.

“Whether it’s the incredible storytelling, the stage/costume design of ‘The Other Mozart’, the blending of Western theatrical traditions with the Eastern flavors of Indian ink, or the theatrical offerings” Bedtime Stories” by Dutch collaboration Urland at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts takes audiences to new places and explores unique perspectives and themes with people from around the world,” Reeves said.

Experience the shows in person at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, Arizona. Ticket prices vary, from $10 to $72, depending on the show. For more information, visit ScottsdalePerformingArts.org/events or call 480-499-TKTS (8587).

All guests 12 years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours of the show date, and photo ID to attend shows. Alternatively, customers can provide proof of full vaccination. Masks are strongly encouraged to protect artists, staff and patrons. For complete health and safety protocols, visit ScottsdalePerformingArts.org/covid-19-response.

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