Director, choreographer and co-founder of Off-Off-Broadway's HERE Kristin Marting's latest piece, Possessed, ends its run at HERE on April 21. Performances began on March 27. The show officially opened on April 1.
The work is adapted by Marting and Robert Lyons from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel about a group revolutionaries and their plans to unseat the local government. Marting is listed as "director and choreographer," though her brand of choreography is probably not what you think. The actors in her pieces exhibit a "gestural vocabulary," a directorial concept she has developed over the last eight years in which certain movements executed by the actors correspond to particular emotions or ideas and character traits.
Marting's most recent work, The Women of Orleans — which bowed in late 1998 — combined material from Kate Chopin's novel "The Awakening," "The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable, newspaper accounts from the mid-19th century, folk tales, and a biography of The Baroness de Portalba. The cast included Gretchen Krich, Kevin Berger, Andre Canty, Todd Griffin, Leslie Jones, Rachel Deslie, Mari Newhard, and Richard Toth.
Toth and Newhard will return for Possessed and are joined on stage by Paul Boocock, Thomas Shaw, Molly Ward and Cezar Williams. The musical score is composed by Mattew Pierce (a frequent collaborator with Marting).
Other Marting works include The Changling, The Courtesan and Mad Shadows. She co-founded HERE, the Downtown arts space. Tickets are $15. HERE is located at 145 Sixth Avenue. For more information, call (212) 647-0202.
Dostoyevsky is popular author of late in Off-Broadway circles. An adaptation of The Idiot recently opened at the Manhattan Ensemble Theatre.
—By Robert Simonson