Late in the fall of 2013 Nature Theater of Oklahoma embarked on a project with the festival Matchbox in the Rhine-Neckar region of Germany which we called the Nibelungen Cycle. Over the course of 2014 we visited this region, made connections with people in ten towns, wrote our own version of the Nibelungen saga (set in this region) and cast it from an acting pool of its citizens and locals. Then, in fall of 2014, we set off with a movie camera and a core cast of 8 on bicycle to various locations where we staged and shot a film over the course of 3 intense weeks, working with local artists, clubs, church groups, choirs, fire departments, historical re-enactors, office workers, sailors, dogs, and farm animals. Our script called for a dragon, a Viking ship, a storm at sea, a treasure, a magic cloak which makes people disappear, a trained German sheppard, a state funeral, a double wedding… we were not sure what we would get. We were surprised every step of the way…
We will be screening the final edited finished film version of these site-specific performances — made over the course of the past two years —for one night only: this coming Friday September 9th in Mannheim at the National Theater. This will be the film’s official premiere and the first chance the participants have had to see the film they helped to create on the big screen.
We are happy to be able to share with you this special event which represents a new turn in our work.
Full details and ticket info are available on the Matchbox festival website.
There is also a trailer for the film here.
And more coming up: September 22-24 we have the NYC premiere of Life and Times – Episodes 7-9 as part of Crossing the Line Festival.