What’s Old is New Again

Design firm Harrison Atelier and choreographer Jonah Bokaer have teamed up for their new performance, “ANCHISES,” which makes its national debut on November 17 at the Abrons Art Center, located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

The centerpiece for the performance was designed by Harrison Atelier and is composed of a giant, plastic hanging canopy. The structure is filled with boxes that represent the bag of ritual, ancestral figurines that Aeneas, Anchises’ father, carries in a scene from the Aeneid. During the performance the dancers assemble and disassemble the scenery to illustrate the theme of change throughout the show. This performance encourages the spectator to draw on comparisons to the changes in one’s everyday lives.

The choreography by Bokear plays with the idea of the possibilities of movement during the lifespan of an individual, featuring an inter-generational cast of five. Christophe de Menil created the costumes for this show, while Loren Dempster is the artist behind the music.

“ANCHISES” will run November 17-21 at the Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand Street. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, and are available at theatermania.com or by calling 212-352-3101. 

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