German playwright Georg Büchner’s fractured drama Woyzeck, which was unfinished at the time of his untimely death at 23, has inspired numerous interpretations over the years–you may recall Tom Waits’s terrifically acidic score for Robert Wilson’s production at BAM in 2002. Now Woyzeck returns to BAM for another rocked-out revival–this time with music by Nick Cave and fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis–to tell the tale of a soldier haunted by bad dreams and driven by paranoia to murder his mistress. This production by Iceland’s Vesturport Theatre, staged by director, actor, and former gymnast Gísli Örn Gardarsson, is a high-energy physical-theater spectacle featuring acrobatics, aerial ballets, and underwater sequences in Plexiglas tanks to bring Woyzeck‘s disturbing nightmares to life. It’s already received rave reviews in London.
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Oct. 15. Continues through Oct. 18, 2008
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 1, 2008