Landscape with Figures

Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

January 31, 2019 ||| February 1 & 2, 2019 ||| 7:30 p.m.

Andrew Ondrejcak

Landscape with Figures


Image courtesy of the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans

Landscape with Figures by Andrew Ondrejcak focuses on the interconnectivity and relationship between the lives of the unrelated. Inspired by the paintings of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1559), Landscape with Figures blurs the lines between theater, dance, installation art, painting and literature.

The audience glimpses into the lives of 20 strangers. Each figure is silently enacting their own mini-drama – some of the stories are loud and bombastic, some are quiet and private. Despite unremarkable existences, the characters layer into a portrait of the interconnectivity of all humans with each individual both the center of the world and part of something they cannot comprehend.

Each of the characters are inspired by an original short story written specifically for Landscape with Figures. After each performance, these stories will be distributed to the audience as they exit the theater, so that the audience will be able to watch a story live on-stage and read in detail about each character after the performance has ended. 


All costumes are made by artists from New Orleans in combination with hand-crafted textiles and artisanal work from Haiti, Burkina Faso, Afghanistan, Kenya, and Mali though the United Nations’ Ethical Fashion Initiative. 

Landscape with Figures is a re-conception of Elijah Green, presented at The Kitchen in 2016, produced by Tanya Selvaratnam and Tommy Kriegsmann and developed at the Park Avenue Armory and the Watermill Center. 

This performance is made possible by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation (I³), a three year pilot project of the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC), supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, designed to provide both the context and content for the expanding aesthetic landscape of interdisciplinary performance as practiced by artists whose projects are drawn from or inspired by the rich cultural traditions of the South. The CAC's I³ Southern Partners include Duke Performances, Fusebox, The Nasher Museum of Art, Oz Nashville, and Speed Art Museum. Funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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