“An astonishingly inventive and unbearably touching production.” —BBC Radio
Rotterdam’s Hotel Modern creates fascinating performance works that fuse drama, visual art, object theater, puppetry, music, and film. The company uses household paraphernalia to construct scale models of miniature worlds, then projects them on a large screen in real time. For its Midwest debut, the group presents its international festival sensation, The Great War, which reconstructs World War I’s trench warfare with sawdust, potting soil, rusty nails, and parsley “trees,” and incorporates actual letters from soldiers. Rain, wind, landslides, and explosions become staggeringly realistic on this diminutive battlefield as Hotel Modern exposes humanity’s war wounds.
This event is presented in association with the Walker’s Expanding the Frame series.