Gérald Kurdian, The Magic of Spectacular Theater
Tuesday, September 18–Wednesday, September 19
Abrons Arts Center
“Hilariously funny as well as deep and dark, a profound combination. There’s nothing like it here in the U.S., and we’re lucky to get a glimpse of (Gérald’s) very unique world view and beautiful musicality.”—Laurie Anderson
Crossing the Line artist-in-residence Gérald Kurdian charmed festival audiences in 2011 with his evocative songwriting, extraordinary voice, and inventive, lo-tech storytelling that challenged expectations of musical performance.
The Paris-based artist returns this year to perform his new work, The Magic of Spectacular Theater—part of his ongoing THIS IS THE HELLO MONSTER! avant-folk music project—with stage design by Obie Award winner Philippe Quesne. Blending performance, pop music, and magical interludes, the piece explores two prevalent contemporary views of magic: the mystical practices of sorcerers and astrologers on the one hand, and the illusionism of the more conventional conjurer on the other.