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About the Grant

$27,500 to support Supernatural Wife (MAP 2010), Big Dance Theater's newest work, an adaptation of the Euripides’ play Alkestis using Anne Carson’s spare, surprising, and accessible translation.

About the Project

Supernatural Wife will penetrate Euripides’ piercing exploration of death, grief and self-sacrifice via a free-wheeling mix of theater, music, dance and video, thriving on the interplay of genres and sudden shifts in mood to reveal the cellular life of the original work. Alkestis is taken from the mythic tale of a King, who avoids death by arranging to send a surrogate to the world below in his stead. His wife volunteers. At its core Supernatural Wife is about big complex ideas: our desire to live, against the immutability of mortality; our desire to be autonomous in the face of our undeniable inter-connectedness; and the playful nature of theater against the innate tragedy of reality. Sourcing and rethinking the pulsing, profound nature of dance and music in tragedy, the Chorus will restore dancing to its rightful place in Greek drama.

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