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CHTHONIC ARCHIVE No. 1

Following a minimalist ethos that draws from the ancient Japanese Noh tradition and Thomas Ostermeier's early work with 90's Berlin theater group Baracke, MacBeth Pro performs CHTHONIC ARCHIVE No. 1 an interdisciplinary piece centered on the experience of a person falling from a great height. The text is generated by digital recording exercises adapted from André Breton's "automatic writing techniques" and other literary components of the 1920's Surrealist movement. The featured text is accompanied by original electronic music, a video installation, and recordings of a conversation about the enduring influence of Richard Drew’s photograph “The Falling Man” on modern American entertainment.

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CREDITS

Conceived, written, and performed by Jordan Rountree

Music co-produced by Jordan Rountree and William Adamowicz, performed by William Adamowicz

Lights by Brandon Baruch

Video by Jake Bergman

With support from Christian Baert and BAERT GALLERY

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EPIC FAIL

Interdisciplinary artist MacBeth Pro presents EPIC FAIL, a 60-minute adaptation of The Odyssey accompanied by electronic music performed on a rooftop in downtown Los Angeles. Features original music and text inspired by Emily Wilson's 2017 translation of the Homeric narrative. An exploration of the pains of transformation, feelings of inadequacy, and the desire to break free from the hero's journey.

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SYNOPSIS

Elpenor is the least remarkable sea-faring soldier in Odysseus' crew. Having survived countless horrors, including his recent metamorphosis into a pig and back again at the hands of Circe the witch, he dies stupidly when he steps off of Circe's roof while in a drunken stupor. The performance takes place on that roof during the night leading up to Elpenor's fall as he talks to himself, drinks alone, and deejays for the animals in the trees around him.

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CREDITS

Conceived, written, and performed by Jordan Rountree

Camera Documentation by Samuel Kaperski & William Sineux

Live Sound Engineering by Jeremy Emery

With support from Sierra Feldner-Shaw, Jasmin Blasco, Collin Chute, & Sandrine Salyères.

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