BAM Next Wave Festival: Haruki Murakami’s Sleep
Naomi Iizuka Directed; Rachel Dickstein; Ripe Time
Haruki Murakami’s Sleep
Nov 29—Dec 2, 2017
Adapted by Naomi Iizuka
Directed and devised by Rachel Dickstein and Ripe Time
Part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival
“This is my 17th straight day without sleep.” A Japanese housewife’s mundane existence of chores and grocery shopping explodes when a haunting dream leads her to cast sleep aside, releasing her into a world of danger and the thrill of the unknown. Based on the 1994 short story by the beloved Japanese author Haruki Murakami (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle), this hypnotic physical theater piece by Brooklyn-based, Obie Award-winning company Ripe Time follows one woman beyond the bounds of society. Led by a powerhouse female creative team—including director Rachel Dickstein and playwright Naomi Iizuka—and featuring an original score performed live by NewBorn Trio, this playful and eerie journey takes audiences through a wakeful realm where bodies float, ghosts lurk, and daylight rules no longer apply.
Music by NewBorn Trio
Set design by Susan Zeeman Rogers
Projections design by Hannah Wasileski
Lighting design by Jiyoun Chang
Sound design by Jane Shaw
Costume design by Ilona Somogyi
Commissioned by BAM and Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
Photo: Julieta Cervantes
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