Asylum is a fully immersive performance and interactive experience that bridges the gap between a theatrical storytelling structure and the operatic art form.
A contemporary work, interweaving installation art, period costume, and Dan Flavin-like lighting with movement, dance, and drama, it artfully recounts intimate sensory and emotional experiences from the Asylum. Honoring the classical, while featuring the avant-garde, Asylum discusses the boundaries between the definitions of sanity, insanity, and the arts. This play explores the history of how and what it meant, to be dispatched to the asylum. “Chosen ones” were sent off for being an outlier, or acting slightly out of the norm – even simply for being an artist and acting “crazy” via having radical ideas. Gender issues are also embedded in this history, as women (who at this time where not allowed to vote) were sent off, often against their own will, simply for having moods, or “episodes” as they were called. This play explores the history, by highlighting the arts and the extraordinary reasons for which people entered into the Asylum.
Regina Miranda is a Theater Director/Choreographer, Movement Signature Analyst, and Cultural Advocate. She is the Founding Artistic Director of the Regina Miranda & ActorsDancers Company, and the CEO/Director of Arts & Culture of the prestigious LABAN/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS NYC. She accumulates 40 years of performing arts experience, and over 20 years directing cultural institutions in Brazil and the US. In Rio, Regina Miranda & ActorsDancers Co. has created over 40 full-night performances and numerous site-specific and interactive plays for the company, being the recipient of more than 10 major national and international awards. Her most notable and critically acclaimed work as Director of Performing Arts at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro is the sold out, 3-hour interactive performance that was “the most beautiful spectacle of the year in Rio de Janeiro” (Elizabeth Carvalho), and simply, “daring, that worked” (Veja Magazine).
The marriage between these two internationally acclaimed powerhouses delivers us a celebration of universal emotion in the discussion between art and sanity/insanity. Recognized as “a Brazilian reference” (Helena Katz of Crítica) and praised for her “mode of expression that stands at the crossroads of literature, music, theater, and dance” (J.M. Durand of Le Progrès), Regina Miranda’s collaboration with iBOC celebrates the magnitude of Brazil’s culture in literature, music, and performance through their theatrical experience, ASYLUM, for a New York City debut with the global hopes of a 6-venue tour.
Conceived, Directed and Choreographed: Regina Miranda.
Music: João MacDowell.
Text: C.R.Morgan and Regina Miranda, including excerpts from Machado de Assis, Lima Barreto, Qorpo Santo, and other Brazilian writers, most of them with experiences of mental disorders.
Premiere: November 2nd, 2017
Run: Six-Week Run (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays): December 9th, 2017
The International Brazilian Opera Company (iBOC) is a New York-based non-profit organization with a mission to support the creation and development of new operatic repertoire that combines ideas from both Brazilian and international artists while providing an educational structure for new emerging talent. iBOC’s co-founding opera composer, João MacDowell, envisions the Brazilian experience to be about acceptance and embracing the differences in distant cultures to produce something new. Like New York City itself, iBOC’s performances communicate universal emotions through music, dance, and art.