Turning a Classic Soviet Sci-Fi Flick into a Live Performance

Turning a Classic Soviet Sci-Fi Flick into a Live Performance

Layered with live performances, multimedia feeds, and casts in which everyone is an actor (including the cameramen and musicians), Doris Mirescu’s plays channel the model of the fun house — “live films," as she identifies her work, that are avowedly crafty and multiple, laden with an atmosphere of vulnerability. Certainly not dead, like ordinary film — “edited, already finished at the moment it is shown," as Mirescu has said of cinema. But like film expanded: enlivened through the immediacy of theater.

What remains a constant is that Mirescu’s roadmap is film. Previously she and her Dangerous Ground Productions company have adapted the movies of Jacques Rivette, John Cassavetes’s Husbands, and Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris for live performance. Now, staged over a series of floors and rooms in a temporarily unoccupied Manhattan townhouse, Andrei Tarkovsky’s sci-fi classic Solaris is the subject of Mirescu’s reanimating, confounding attention.

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