La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club | Bobbi Jene Smith's 'Broken Theater'

An Emotional Cage Fight

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Liam Kozak

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Highly esteemed director, choreographer, and dancer Bobbi Jene Smith’s newest film, Broken Theater, has premiered at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club and is running now until April 30th. Smith’s work explores American politics, the relationship between fluid movement and music, and the apathy that seems so intrinsic to daily life. Broken Theater is no different.

Crafted within the halls of the La MaMa, the film is an amalgamation of expert dance, theater, music and cinematography. A group of artists gather in an abandoned theater to confront emotions of love, shame, and grief, often at the expense of each other. The piece prompts the question: When the script has vanished, and the spectators have left, how do you distinguish between the character you portray and the real-life person you are? Created and directed by Smith, the film stars Mikael Darmanie, Julia Eichten, Vinson Fraley, Jonathan Fredrickson, Keir GoGwilt, Coleman Itzkoff, Jesse Kovarsky, Yiannis Logothetis, Or Schraiber, Bobbi Jene Smith, Mouna Soualem, and Stephanie Troyak.

Broken Theater, Smith’s latest work, was co-commissioned by La MaMa, Mass MoCA, the American Modern Opera Company, and New Dialect. The film is premiering at the La MaMa Experimental Theater Club until the 30th of April. 

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