Take Back the Storm

Shakespeare's The Tempest is a story of revenge and manipulation, with the sorcerer Prospero scheming to reclaim the throne from his brother by marrying his daughter Miranda to Prince Ferdinand, the son of the King of Naples. Central to his machinations is the conjuring of a storm that wrecks the unwitting Italian crowd on the shores of the island where Prospero and Miranda have lived alone a dozen years, attended only by the slave Caliban and the fairy Ariel. Much ado has been made of Prospero's controlling hand, and the play's happy ending comes at the price of watching him turn the others into pawns. Choreographer Marika Brussel brings an alternate narrative to the black box theater in Miranda's Storm, a feminist ballet that turns Miranda from good daughter to real heroine. The work is presented in conjunction with Sandrine Cassini's The Skin We're In.

April 23-24, 8 p.m., 2014

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