NARCISSUS: AN ANCIENT ROMAN PANTOMIME

Chamber (Piano, Percussion, Flute, Full Chorus), 33 min

A creative reconstruction of the lost art-form of Ancient Roman Pantomime.

Pantomime is a lost art form from the late Roman period where a masked performer would act out a well-known myth in front of a musical chorus. Pantomime artists were the celebrities of their time and while no librettos exist, there is evidence to suggest that all the major playwrights of the age wrote pantomimes.

For the third and final installment of my Ovidian Trilogy, I wanted to do something formulaically different. After exploring artistic love in Pygmalion and gender-bending transformation in Salmacis, I wanted the culmination of the trilogy to tackle love head-on and settled on the well-known tale of Narcissus. We designed a performance that unfolds in three parts, each part dedicated to a different aspect of love — parental love, romantic love, and self-love.

Directed & Choreographed by Austin Tooley, Music & Libretto by Santino DeAngelo, Dramaturgy by Marty Murray, Produced by Santino DeAngelo. Initial workshop performance at Binghamton University, May 2013.

Upcoming World Premiere January 2016, more information to come.