Year of the Horse
THE COMPLETELY FICTIONAL ADVENTURES OF JOSEPHINE BAKER
November 7–15, 2014
THEATRE JUNCTION GRAND
Born in the Year of the Horse, Josephine Baker left her homeland in the USA in the 1920s to live in France where she became an international superstar and a symbol of the Jazz Age. Hers is a story of struggle, humour, dignity and survival. In collaboration with Lisa Brawn, Kimberley Cooper uses the idea of Josephine Baker as inspiration to create a fictional fantasy in an exotic, erotic, otherworldly setting. Experience images, sounds and movement that celebrate the essence of Josephine Baker set to an original score performed by a three-piece band.
The music is original contemporary jazz played live by a piano trio: Rubim de Toledo (composer and bass), Chris Andrew (composer and piano), and Johathan McCaslin (drums). The production features eight dancers: Rodney Diverlus, Audrey Gaussiran, Marc Hall, Catherine Hayward, Shayne Johnson, Natasha Korney, Rubens Lopez, and Dinou Marlett-Stuart. Costumes, created by Natalie Purschwitz, will be influenced by the look of Josephine Baker in the 1920s and lighting will be designed by Wladimiro A Woyno Rodriguez.