Since 2012, FuturePerfect Productions and the French Director Jean Lambert-wild have been exploring ways to collaborate, first on a very ambitious project titled Don’t Mess With Texas, and then on a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Richard III.
After four years of working intermittently and several residencies, Richard III, Loyalty Binds Me will finally tour North America in the Fall 2017 – 2018.
About Richard III, Loyalty Binds Me Two actors with stark white clown makeup and blue striped pajamas confined to a darkened cell: one man, one woman. Together, as if possessed, they conjure up the shadow world of Shakespeare’s Richard III, as he plots to destroy a kingdom he believes has become disgraceful, corrupt and spineless. In twenty-one scenes, the two actors perform all the roles while maneuvering a nightmarish carnival of mechanical puppets, bloodied dolls, cotton candy, animations, balloons, a pulley-driven stuffed dummy and enormous spinning phantasmascopes. In this new stunning re-working of Shakespeare’s historical play set in a carnival of the mind on the verge of collapse, French actors Jean Lambert-wild and Elodie Bordas transform Richard III into a towering figure – a clown king made monstrous by the acts of others! Working against popular receptions of Richard as a calculating and ruthless king driven by political ambition, Lambert-wild’s Richard-as-clown is a figure of great complexity and paradoxes — attractive and repulsive, funny and melancholic, lonely and fearful.
Bordas, who embodies all of the other characters in the play’s universe, performs Richard’s Double, summoning up the ghosts and demons of his disordered and guilty mind and reflecting them back to himself. This refracting and doubling becomes even more layered as Lambert-wild confronts the recent archeological discovery of the real King Richard’s skeleton underneath a car park in Leicester and his subsequent royal re-burial in March 2015. The work confronts the audience with a dizzying funhouse that challenges our perceptions of the real, the historical, the fictional, the archaeological and the theatrical.
Richard III, Loyalty Binds Me delves into a phantasmagoric investigation of power, corruption, loyalty, vengeance and self- annihilation.
FuturePerfect is a New York-based interdisciplinary production company focused on the intersection of live performance, media, visual art and technology. Wayne Ashley, the former Director of Arts in Multimedia at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), founded the company in 2008. www.futureperfectproductions.org
FuturePerfect develops works through close and often long-term relationships with some of today’s most interesting artists, scientists, researchers and organizations. Through ongoing collaborations FuturePerfect generates and supports new directions in performance and visual culture through commissions, touring, consulting, residencies, presentations, and conferences.