Peter Sellars' Persephone
Peter Sellars hosts the first screening in the U.S. of Persephone. This filmed version of Stravinsky’s one-act opera staged at the Teatro Real in Madrid in 2012 “led Mr. Sellars to the Cambodian troupe Amrita. Four dancers streamed across the stage; delicately curled fingers thrummed the air and trailed dancers like rudders, while bowed knees and arms, kept akimbo, wheeled sharpened postures into rounded movements at one with the score. The choice of the Cambodian idiom, given the tradition's history of withstanding withering persecution, also conjures a story of regeneration that complemented the libretto's historical and mythological underpinnings.” – Wall Street Journal, 2012
6:15 pm exhibition pre-tour included with program
About the Speaker
Noted for his unique contemporary staging of classical and contemporary operas and plays, Peter Sellars is an American theater director who has gained international recognition for his work and who also teaches at UCLA. He has appeared on stage at the Rubin with activist Raj Patel in a Talk about Nothing with neuroscientist Semir Zeki in Brainwave, and as workshop director of The Vimalakirti Sutra.
Leadership support for the Opening Ceremonies of Season of Cambodia is provided by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation. Season of Cambodia is co-chaired by Anne H. Bass, John Burt, and Darren Walker. Additional lead support comes from the Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Fresh Sound Foundation, The Kaplen Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, and Henry Luce Foundation.