This new collaboration is a theatrical fantasia drawing on the legends
of Aladdin, which span from the Silk Route of 8th-century Asia to
the digital animation studios of 20th-century California. Set in
New York, London, and Bangalore, India, Alladeen explores globalization
through the realm of high-tech corporate telecommunications and
reflects on how cultures have historically borrowed, stolen, and
reinvented one anothers stories and signs. Looking at International
Call Centers, where primarily Indian operators often "pass"
as American, the Alladeen project explores how we all function as
"global souls" caught up in circuits of technology and
how our voices and images travel from one culture to another.
is a large-scale cross-York-based ensemble The Builders Association
and the London-based company motiroti. Directed by Marianne Weems
and co-conceived and designed by Keith Khan and Ali Zaidi in collaboration
with The Builders Association, Alladeen features a cast drawn from
both companies. It combines electronic music, new video techniques,
an architectural set, and live performance to explore the myth of
Alladeen, better known as Aladdin--the Arabian Night's tale immortalized
on page, stage and screen.
highlights the philosophical issues of media and technology as they
impact global culture, and bridge the first world with the third
world. Specifically, the piece looks at the contemporary phenomenon
of international call centers where Indian operators are trained
to flawlessly "pass" as Americans (as featured in The
New York Times, March 21, 2001). The performance explores how we
function as "global souls" caught up in circuits of technology,
and how our voices and images travel from one culture to another.
performance alternates the contemporary world of the call centers--a
web of technology in which the performers are operators--with spectacular,
colorful fantasy sequences drawn from the Aladdin story and using
the aesthetic of the early Hollywood and Bollywood Orientalist films.
Builders Association creative team includes longtime collaborators
Jeff Webster and Heaven Phillips, as well as new company members,
Rizwan Mirza and Tanya Selvaratnam (performers); Jennifer Tipton
(light designer); Dan Dobson (sound designer); Christopher Kondek
and Peter Norrman (video designers); Jeff Morey (video designer
and website designer and programmer); Peter Falherty (video designer);
and Nick Schwartz-Hall (production manager). It also includes dramaturg
Norman Frisch, who has collaborated with both companies in the past.
The motiroti team includes Keith Khan and Ali Zaidi along with performer
Jasmine Simhalan, and Indian film industry professionals. The celebrated
composer Shrikanth Shriram (whose recordings are distributed internationally
as "Badmarsh & Shri") has contributed some music for
the piece. Kim Whitener is acting as Executive Producer for the
project. Penny Andrews is working with motiroti as Producer (UK).
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