From PuSh Artists-in-Residence The Biting School comes this take on a major work of Iranian theatre. Abbas Nalbandian’s 1971 Suddenly, This God Lover Died in the Love of God, This God Slain Died by the Sword of God was too radical for acceptance in its home country; bringing it to Vancouver is an act of resurrection. The text is centred on a communal house in one of Tehran’s poor areas, and it’s a trenchant examination of greed, envy and animus.
Local siblings Aryo and Arash Khakpour have been… pushing the bounds of performance in physically extreme ways. —The Georgia Straight
Here the play is staged in a corridor, with action occurring at both ends—at times, audiences must choose where to look. There are scenes in which the work is interpreted through physicality and gesture, and others that are more conventionally theatrical; the creators also employ an original soundscape and lighting design. With Suddenly Slaughter, they honour Nalbandian’s radical ethic by altering his vision; this wildly creative adaptation is not an act of violation but one of tribute.
The Biting School are PuSh’s 2019 Artists-in-Residence, this work is in development.