6:30pm – 9:00pm
Nature Theater of Oklahoma – Life and Times, Episode 7 (US, 2015)
135 minutes | Segal Theatre
With hot burning passion and increasingly limited means, Nature Theater of Oklahoma attempts to take on Hollywood, the French New Wave, and the entire history of cinema as we know it. Episode 7 of their serial epic, Life and Times, takes the verbatim first person narrated life story of one of their company members, Kristin Worrall, puts the original text into third person singular, and grafts it brilliantly onto the American film classic, Citizen Kane.
Nature Theater of Oklahoma is an award-winning New York art and performance group under the direction of Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper. With each new project, they attempt to set an impossible challenge for themselves, the audience, and their collaborators–working from inside the codes and confines of established genres and exploding them. No two projects are formally the same, but the work is always full of humor, earnestness, rigor, and the audience plays an essential role–whether as spectators or–just as often–as participants in the work. Using readymade material, found space, gifted properties, cosmic accident, extreme formal manipulation and plain hard work–Nature Theater of Oklahoma makes art to affect a shift in the perception of everyday reality that extends beyond the site of performance and into the world in which we live.