David Byrne’s “Here Lies Love” Comes to MASS MoCA
Within a throbbing dance club environment, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim deconstruct the astonishing journey of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos, from her meteoric rise to her descent into infamy. This wholly immersive spectacle combines disco beats, adrenaline-fueled choreography and a 360-degree scenic and video environment – going beyond Imelda’s near-mythic obsession with shoes to explore true questions of power and responsibility.
Directed by two-time Obie Award winner Alex Timbers (“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” “Peter and the Starcatcher”), “Here Lies Love” is neither period piece nor mere biography, neither play nor musical, but a unique theatrical experience that raises the pulse and quickens the blood – all filtered through the remarkable vision of David Byrne, one of the great American artists of the last half century.
A collaboration between MASS MoCA in North Adams, the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown and the Public Theater in NYC, five workshop performances of “Here Lies Love,” will take place at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center following a three-week rehearsal residency.
Tickets will go on sale on Friday (April 20).