The Orange Grove (2003)
Created by Gülgün Kayim
Performers: Natalya Baldyga, Jody (Blindauer) Bee, Charles Campbell, Nathan Christopher, Juliette Dannucci, Tom Lynch, Cherri Macht, Julian McFaul, Michael Ritchie
Set & prop design and production: Willis Bowman
Lighting: Owen Moldow
Sound: Katharine Horowitz
Media: Sean Kelley-Pegg
Costumes: Stephanie Molstad
Notes on The Orange Grove
Set in a large vacant warehouse, The Orange Grove was a story of a family’s migration told through the incomplete memories of a young girl. The characters made their homes in wardrobes, suitcases and cupboards. A pyromaniac set objects on fire, and oranges were stolen from a forbidden orchard.
The Orange Grove was pieced together by Gülgün Kayim using narrative, memory and biography as a basis for a collage of events and images. An attempt to reassemble the past, the fragmentary scenes tell conflicting accounts of a Turkish family’s migration from Cyprus to London, all are filtered through the impressionable mind of a five-year-old.
Located in the the Thorpe Building complex in Northeast Minneapolis, a former World War Two era bomb-site manufacturing facility, the site of The Orange Grove resonated with the themes of war and displacement in the performance. It also served to connect the present day midwestern audience to the globally shared responsibilities of war and the present day conflict in Cyprus.
The Orange Grove was created during a two-year development cycle in which the company members worked with Polish theater artist Ludmila Ryba, a former member of renowned Cricot 2, the company run by celebrated director, Tadeusz Kantor. Ms. Ryba helped Skewed Visions explore various staging ideas arising out of an acting technique known as “Object Theater.”
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