The Marsyas Hours
Benjamin Seror’s improvised stories are inspired by phantoms of literature, art history and everyday adventures. Over three Tuesday evenings (november 18, 25 & December 2) in the REDCAT Lounge, he developed and performed a new version of his latest project, The Marsyas Hour, an impromptu script for a TV pilot that recounts everyday life on Mount Olympus through the eyes of the young satyr Marsyas. Apollo defeated Marsyas in a flute contest, and had him tied to a tree to be frayed alive – but Marsyas survived the punishment and committed his life to defeating the gods.
Using speech as the principal subject and tool, Benjamin Seror’s performances take the audience on journeys far into the heart of Dante’s Inferno or to nights spent dancing to the delicate sound of New Order’s Perfect Kiss. Also a musician. Seror plays multiple instruments, backing up his narratives with emotive songs that switch modes of language, underlining the complexity and possibilities of language.
ROY AND EDNA DINEY/CALARTS THEATER
631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012