Mikhail Baryshnikov Joins Willem Dafoe In A “Two-Man Vaudeville Extravaganza”

“The Old Woman Starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe”

[Los Angeles, CA] – Legendary theater maker Robert Wilson returns to the Center For The Art Of Performance At UCLA with his stylized new theatrical production of “The Old Woman,” based on a story by Russian author Daniil Kharms and starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe.

A brilliant, slyly political story written in the 1930s, “The Old Woman” stars world-renowned dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov with film star Willem Dafoe in a pairing the New York Times called “a two-man vaudeville extravaganza.” With echoes of Beckett in its deadpan narrative and humor,” The Old Woman” is considered one of the great works of the Russian avant-garde. Its non-narrative surrealist plot centers on the woes of a struggling young writer.

Prior to the performances both evenings, in the Royce Hall pop-up library, UCLA Special Collections librarian and Daniil Kharms expert Margarita Nafpaktitis will share insight into the author and this relatively unknown period in Russian literary history. Also on display will be some of Kharms’ books for children, written in his unique, absurdist style.

“The Old Woman” was commissioned and co-produced by Manchester International Festival, Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, Théatre de la Ville-Paris /Festival d’Automne à Paris and DeSingel Antwerp; Executive Producer Change Performing Arts in collaboration with CRT Centro Ricerche Teatrali, in association with Baryshnikov Productions.

CAP UCLA’s presentation of “The Old Woman” is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Grant Endowment and the Merle & Peter Mullin Endowment for the Performing Arts. Additional support was provided by Anne-Marie Spataru and Diane Levine & Robert Wass.

For more info: cap.ucla.edu.

Fri., Nov. 14 & Sat., Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.


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