The company that gave us a reworked Macbeth (called "Htebcam") and the Halloween chills of Shakespeare's Haunted House have returned with a traditional piece -- literally. Faux-Real Theatre Company have shaped Eskimo and Inuit folktales into Igloo Tales, which will reenact these myths and stories using performance styles from around the world.
A multi-ethnic cast of 10 will attempt "to go beyond the tradition of any one culture," because the stories are often rich and wild, quite different from Western culture's good vs. evil them morality tales. For that reason, the actors will employ blues music, kabuki dance, puppetry, a Greek chorus and various narration styles to get the stories across.
These surreal tales often center on transformation and resurrection, as when men are killed and brought back to life, or children train to become Shamans. Some tales told in Igloo include "How The Earth Was Made And How Wood-Chips Became Walrus," "The Raven And The Seagull," "Uutaaq The Hunter. "
Mark Greenfield, Faux-Real's artistic director and former director of the Dead Comic's Society improv troupe, will stage the show, which officially opens Jan. 26. Sarah Sidman has designed the lighting.
Running Jan. 23-Feb.2, Igloo Tales plays at Nada on Ludlow Street in lower Manhattan. For tickets ($15) and information call (212) 388-7265. --By David Lefkowitz