Picture this: A site-specific theatrical work by the Hartford-based Bated Breath Theatre Company will be presented Thursday Nov. 1 at 6:30 and 7:30 p,.m. and Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Wadsworth Atheneum of Hartford in connection with the museum’s new exhibition “Medieval to Monet: French Paintings in the Wadsworth Atheneum.”
The theater company, which just completed a residency at Real Art Ways this summer, was invited to take its unique approach to playwriting and performance to the Wadsworth.
Bated Breath's new piece is inspired by one of the signature paintings in the exhibition, “Jane Avril Leaving the Moulin Rouge by famous French post-impressionist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 - 1901).
“We're going to drop the audience in to the exciting world of turn-of-the-century Paris, starting first in a museum and then moving to the Moulin Rouge. The beautiful halls and marble staircases of the Wadsworth are a perfect set for a play about artists, their critics, their lovers and their world,” said Bated Breath Artistic Director, Mara Lieberman.
“Medieval to Monet: French Paintings in the Wadsworth Atheneum” exhibition runs until Jan. 27, but Bated Breath will be performing for two nights only.
The performances are part of the Wadsworth Atheneum's First Thursday program ($5 general admission; free for museum members).
On Friday evening, Nov. 2 the museum will also present the French film, “Children Of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis)”, which also has a $5 admission.