The U.S. premiere of Robert Lepage's Zulu Time will headline the Quebec New York 2001 celebration. The show runs Sept. 21-Oct. 9, at the Roseland Ballroom.
A "fantasia-in-an-airport" that encompasses upside-down tango dancing, hip hop, club and world music, Zulu Time is described as a journey to the frontiers of the performing arts. Set in an airport, it combines synthetic sounds, electronic and laser lights, spasmodic robots, video projections, acrobats and sultry contortionists, as it traces the journeys of travelers, drug-traffickers, terrorists and lonely flight attendants.
Performed by members of his company Ex Machina, Zulu Time is being presented in association with Peter Gabriel's Real World. (Lepage directed Gabriel's "Secret World Tour.") An earlier version was presented in Paris and Zurich.
Lepage has appeared in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music five times and his work has been seen at the Henson International Puppet Festival.
Quebec New York is a showcase of arts, culture, business and technology. Lepage was born in Quebec City in 1957. Other concerts, performances and exhibits will be offered at the World Financial Center and around the city.
Tickets to Zulu Time are $48, $40 for students, and are available through Ticketmaster: (212) 307-7171. The Roseland Ballroom is 239 W. 52nd St., NYC. For more information about Quebec New York 2001, visit www.quebecnewyork.com.
— by Diane Snyder