Nature Theater of Oklahoma

Life and Times - Episodes 4.5 - 5 - 6

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The Nature Theater of Oklahoma is one of the best-known New York off-off-off-Broadway troupes. Over the last six years they have focused on an ambitious project: “Life and Times”, a multi-part series of performances based on the life story of an ensemble member recounted during a sixteen-hour telephone call. In 2007 and 2008 – that is, before “Life and Times” and at the start of their international career – the Nature Theater of Oklahoma performed their pieces “No Dice” and “Poetics: A Ballet Brut” at steirischer herbst.
The company is now returning not only with “Life and Times – Episode 6”, but will also be staging episodes 4.5 and 5. Episode 4.5 is an animation film with every single image hand drawn and accompanied by orchestral music. The focus of the episode 5 performance is on an elaborate illuminated manuscript and live music. Episode 6 constitutes a turning point in the life story recounted so far and a moment of self-reflection. The transcripted interviews are once again the starting material for a show in which the group reflect on their private lives and on the experience of making live performances.
The Nature Theater of Oklahoma has thus recorded what each member has made of his or her life. And it takes stock: were the last six years profitable? What was sacrificed? What damage was done? What comes next? Episode 6 is based on conversations over the last two years while the group was on tour with “Life and Times”. The premiere in Graz – a performative family constellation that is as bizarre and chaotic as life itself.
Episodes 4.5 & 5
Produced by Nature Theater of Oklahoma
Co-produced by steirischer herbst, Berliner Festspiele/ Foreign Affairs, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Norfolk & Norwich Festival & French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) as part of Crossing the Line Festival 2013

Episode 6
Produced by Nature Theater of Oklahoma & steirischer herbst
Co-produced by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm
Supported by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Residencies at Berliner Festspiele/ Foreign Affairs & HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Nature Theater of Oklahoma: Life and Times

Dates and Facts


Thu 02/10, Fri 03/10 &
Sat 04/10, 19.30
230’ with interval


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Talk following the performance on Fri 03/10

No admittance to children under the age of 16

English language

Kelly Copper & Pavol Liska ar also writing for the
Randnotizen 2014 (Marginal Notes)

Nature Theater of Oklahoma is also running a workshop of
herbst-Academy 2014

Academy of Asociality



Episodes 4.5 & 5
Direction and concept Pavol Liska & Kelly Copper
Phone Conversation with Kristin Worrall
Music Daniel Gower (4.5 & 5) & Robert M. Johanson (4.5)
Keyboards Daniel Gower
Vocals Julie LaMendola & Robert M. Johanson
Design Peter Nigrini
Dramaturgy Florian Malzacher
Production Dany Naierman

Episode 6
Direction and concept Pavol Liska & Kelly Copper
With Conversations by Ilan Bachrach, Elisabeth Conner, Gabel Eiben, Daniel Gower, Anne Gridley, Robert M. Johanson, Matthew Korahats, Julie LaMendola, Alison Wetsgall & Kristin Worrall
With Ilan Bachrach, Elisabeth Conner, Gabel Eiben, Robert M. Johanson & Kristin Worrall
Music Lumberob
Keyboards Kristin Worrall
Design Peter Nigrini
Sound Engineering Daniel Gower
Production Dany Naierman