New take on ‘Tempest’
Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” has been staged in many ways — from a production consisting entirely of mimes to those staged in the Japanese Noh theater style. The Bard’s mysterious fantasy gets another innovative treatment this weekend when College of the Atlantic’s student-directed production of “The Tempest” takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Gates Community Center on the COA campus in Bar Harbor. Directors Dan Mahler and Alicia Hynes, and choreographers Tanvi Nair of India and Aishath Loofa Mohamed of the Maldives have conceived of a Bollywood version of the play, incorporating dance, music and costumes into the telling of the tale. Mahler, a COA student who last year created a music and dance production of the Greek tragedy “The Bacchae,” blends the open-ended, timeless imagery of Shakespeare’s words with choreography by Mohamed and Nair into a colorful, unique take on the play. The production is free; for more information, call 288-5015, or visit www.coa.edu.
Storyteller, sculptor and performing artist Sebastienne Mundheim pays a special visit to the Reach Performing Arts Center in Deer Isle this weekend, when she performs her multimedia production “Sea of Birds” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23. Mundheim, a Philadelphia-based artist, created “Sea of Birds” (above) as a way to tell the story of her mother’s experiences as a Latvian refugee, who eventually emigrated to the United States. Through the use of folk characters from Latvian culture, she relates her mother’s memories, as well as her own experiences. Mundheim uses delicate paper sculptures, dance, music and puppetry to tell her stories, all contained within a large paper and bamboo structure she calls a “memory dome” — think of it as a three-dimensional storybook. Admission to both performances is $5; for more information, visit www.operahousearts.com.