Dates/Time: 09/12/18 - 09/22/18
8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Space: Theaterlab | Theater

Category: Theaterlab Presents

Theaterlab presents
Written, choreographed & performed by Gabri Christa
Directed by Erwin Maas
Design & Dramaturgy by Guy de Lancey
September 12 – 22 | Wed – Sat at 8pm
Tickets: $20 HERE

Theaterlab presents the world premiere of MAGDALENA, an intimate multimedia solo work by the award-winning filmmaker and a Guggenheim Fellow Gabri Christa. Utilizing storytelling, visuals, and dance, the artist reveals a deeply personal account of experiencing her Dutch mother’s dementia, and an effort to piece together her past, marked by struggles with war, interracial marriage and unconventional motherhood. The piece marks a stage comeback for Christa, whose work has been hailed as “stunning… multimedia dream” by The New York Times.

The titular character – Josephina Magdalena Aleida de Jong – lived a remarkable life. Born in Holland to a modest Dutch family, she survived the severe bombing of her hometown of Rotterdam during World War II and lived to meet a handsome middle-class Black man from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao who had become her husband. When Magdalena’s memories started to fade, her daughter, Gabri Christa, took on the task of rebuilding her mother’s life through stories, dance,  and images. The resulting 60-minute multimedia piece is part family album, part story of love and race, but above all, a reckoning with the harrowing consequences of a devastating illness that affects an increasing percentage of the world’s population. 

Written/Choreographed/Performed by Gabri Christa
Director: Erwin Maas
Design & Dramaturgy: Guy de Lancey
Photo credit: Maria Baranova

Read the Brooklyn Rail interview with Gabri Christa here.

Read the Dance Informa interview with Gabri Christa here.

Read the Works by Women interview with Gabri Christa here.