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Dissections of classic plays on film

Wooster Group to show footage of six seminal productions as part of arts festival's The O.P.E.N.

Published on Jul 2, 2014 7:08 PM

There is a YouTube video clip by The Wooster Group titled, self-deprecatingly, Generic Rehearsal Conflict.

In it, stage manager Teresa Hartmann - looking a little worn - addresses the camera against a backdrop of heated arguments: "We actually don't have footage from this rehearsal at all, because when they dumped all the files, they were scrambled. It was just, like, colour bars."

On stage, group co-founder and director Elizabeth LeCompte, wild-haired and voice raised, is frustrated. One of the actors is unable to replicate a specific move she desperately wants, because that crucial moment from a previous rehearsal has been lost on a corrupted computer file.

This 2013 rehearsal for their upcoming production of Cry, Trojans! (Troilus & Cressida) at the Singapore International Festival of Arts in September is one of many examples why the fiercely avant-garde American theatre company relies so heavily on video documentation.

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Where: 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road

When: Rumstick Road (July 8, 7.30pm); House/Lights (July 9, 7.30pm); To You, The Birdie! (July 10, 7.30pm); and The Emperor Jones, Today, I Must Sincerely Congratulate You and Rhyme 'Em To Death (July 12, 11am)

Admission: With the O.P.E.N. pass, $45 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to sistic.com.sg). Registration is required. Go to theopen.sifa.sg