Stage Premiere of Last Tango in Paris Sidelined Due to Rights Issue

News   Stage Premiere of Last Tango in Paris Sidelined Due to Rights Issue The Dangerous Ground Productions staging of Last Tango in Paris, which was scheduled to begin Aug. 22 at the Paradise Factory, will not be publicly presented due to issues with the rights holders of the original film.

Originally billed as a "world premiere all-new multimedia adaptation" of the Academy Award-nominated 1974 film "Last Tango in Paris," the production will now be performed privately for members of Dangerous Ground Productions Aug. 22-23 and Aug. 26-28.

In light of the rights issues, the company issued the following statement earlier this week: "Dangerous Ground Productions would like to withdraw a press release that was mistakenly sent out advertising a world premiere stage adaptation of 'Last Tango in Paris.' Our work is not in any way an 'adaptation' or a 'staging' of the film Last Tango in Paris. It is a multimedia experimental workshop. It is foremost a student exercise developed in a classroom and inspired by film language. We are deeply sorry for any confusion that may have resulted."

Adapted, conceived and directed by Doris Mirescu, Last Tango in Paris was originally scheduled to run through Sept. 6.

The stage work was described by Mirescu as "drop by drop sorrow, loneliness and despair pass through the dark empty room where flesh bleeds, sex exudes beauty and sweat and ghosts of the past wander through images of distorted bodies. . . Many will recall the Marlon Brando film version. This adaptation captures much of the core of that movie's very abyss, in stunning portrayals by startling and courageous young actors, surrounded by live cameras, creating a sexual tragedy haunted by sounds of lost tangos and the shadow of myths."

The Last Tango in Paris cast includes Kira Davies, Patrick Flynn, Angelica Pasquini and Benjamin Sinclair. Producer Chris Newman serves as the technical director for Last Tango. The creative team comprises Richard Gartrell and Patrick Flynn (live cameras), Michael Attias (music), Keri Moskowitz (production design), Cory Allen (sound design) and Joe Trammell (video consultant).

Bernardo Bertolucci's 1974 film starred Marlon Brando as an American widower who engages in a sexual relationship with a young Parisian woman. The film, originally X-rated when released, was later reclassified as NC-17.

For further information visit DangerousGroundProductions.

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