Sister Sylvester: "The Eagle and the Tortoise"
9pm doors • 9:30pm show
The Eagle and the Tortoise is a theatrical reading experience tracing the story of a young Turkish woman who became an icon of leftist resistance as an armed militant, political prisoner, and proxy soldier in the American war against ISIS. Moving between myth, history, and journalism, The Eagle and the Tortoise shifts our perspective on this still-unfolding tragedy of our time. The piece makes use of Meyer Sound’s Constellation acoustic system and its immersive component Spacemap to envelop audiences in a live score improvised by both human and non-human performers.
Directed and conceived by Kathryn Karaoglu Hamilton
Dramaturgy by Andrew Kircher
Lighting design by Bruce Steinberg
Immersive sound design by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste
Projection programming by Robin A. Ediger-Seto
Book and model design by Emre Ozyetis
Book design consultation and printing by Gabe Greenberg
“A complex, deeply reflective work that weaves together strands of the personal, political, and mythological with deft subtlety.”
Sister Sylvester create work, often essayistic performances, that use archival research in tension with imagined material. Sister Sylvester invite disruption into both the performance and the process, and look for dissonance and difficulty in text, image, and sound. Formed in 2008 by director Kathryn Karaoglu Hamilton, the company makes work in Istanbul and New York.
Sister Sylvester have presented and performed their work internationally at institutions including The Public Theater, NYC; Abrons Art Center, NYC; Park Avenue Armory, NYC; JACK, NYC; Dixon Place, NYC; Alt Bomonti Gallery, Istanbul; Kose, Istanbul; Arcola Theater, London; Frascati, Amsterdam; Bozar, Brussels; Les Bancs Publics, Marseille; and Birmingham Repertory Theater, UK, Humboldt University, Berlin; Amsterdam University, Netherlands.
Maps for a War Tourist was commissioned by and first presented at Dixon Place in NYC with support from The Jerome Foundation; and developed, in part, through a residency at Mount Tremper Arts Watershed Program. Originally devised in collaboration with Jeremy M. Barker, Kelsea Martin, Cyrus Moshrefi, Jeremy Toussaint Baptiste and Kathryn Karaoglu Hamilton.