In a Parisian café a young, raven-haired woman plays a dangerous game. The year is 1936. The fascist regimes that will soon lead to WWII and the unraveling of Europe are on the rise. Based on the life of surrealist photographer Dora Maar and her relationship with Pablo Picasso, Aslant Theatre Company’s debut production MUSE explores the inherent violence of the relationship between artist and muse.
Coinciding with the largest retrospective of Dora Maar’s work at the Tate Modern, MUSE takes the audience on a surreal journey through time, colors, tears, and fragments. The production explores the price of a place in the long halls of art history as Picasso’s “Weeping Woman”.
“I was your weeping woman. You took my tears, my pain, my sanity, my art, and put them in your painting. Have them — they are yours. You can’t erase them now… My tears will haunt your canvas forever. But I won’t weep for you anymore.” — Dora Maar, MUSE
After a critically successful run at the Camden Fringe, MUSE transfers to the Tristan Bates Theatre for an extended run in November. Hailed as “a beautiful, moving production” (London Theatre 1) with “visually evocative storytelling” (Broadway World) and “sterling performances” (The Reviews Hub), MUSE combines the “epic and personal… intelligent and thought- provoking” to present the story of Dora Maar as a potent work of contemporary feminist theatre.
Antonia Georgieva employs the poetic form to explore the untold side of the story. Her eclectic direction combines elements of devising and movement choreographed by Mandy Gordon with the existing script to create the surreal world of reflections and distortions. Georgieva is the recipient of the Seymour Brick Memorial Prize for Playwriting (2017) and the Austin E. Quigley Prize in Drama (2018) awarded by Columbia University.
For immediate release 08/10/2019
Performances: 19th — 23rd November, 6:15 PM and 23rd November, 1:00 PM (Running time: 1 hour) Press Night: 19th November Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower St, London WC2H 9NP Tickets £12 (£10 concession), available from: https://actorscentre.co.uk/theatre/muse