Theater For The New City
Celeste Hastings dances in workshop performance on December 7, 2012,
at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center's Lab 101.
Photo by Rick Mowat.
April 24 to May 11, 2014
Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (at E. 10th Street)
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM
"Charlotte's Song" by Nancy Ferragallo is a performance-based experimental work that explores a daughter's reality of growing up with her schizophrenic mother and how that impacted her life and healing process. It is a poetic collective of monologues, dialogue scenes and movement theater in the style of the Tanz Theater of Pina Bausch. The work is co-directed by Andreas Robertz and Mario Golden and co-choreographed by Nancy Ferragallo and Celeste Hastings.
A Cocteauvian story is told through the lens of fragmented narratives and movement sequences. A mother (Mario Golden) and her daughter (Yvette Quintero) are so alienated from one another that they communicate primarily by letters. A dancer (Celeste Hastings) dances the mother's inner life. As the play progresses, the daughter explores issues of betrayal and abandonment and comes to an ultimate understanding of her mother's behavior. All is played out in the presence of a doll, designed by Maria Hupfield, who bears witness to the daily life of both women.