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In collaboration with InTandemLab and presented by Dixon place, INSTRUCTIONS TO DECODE A(N IN)HUMAN TRANSFORMATION is a postmodern punk “roach” Kabaret inspired by Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. Written in verse by Gisela Cardenas and delivered as spoken poetry by a cast of three, I2Decode explores the intertwining of live music, video mapping and words. Ryan Justesen (Playwrights Horizons/NYU) will direct the inaugural production under the artistic direction of InTandem Lab.
I2Decode portrays the protagonist of The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa, on a high ride after his transformation into a bug. Interspersed seamlessly throughout the piece, Milica Paranosic’s wild, eerie and sensual score is played by solo cello (played by Polina Bakhtin), which takes the audience on a journey from the wildness of a punk rock kabaret to the subtle underscoring of the bug’s world.
“I2Decode is a meditation on human change and transformation from the point of view of one of the most irritating yet invulnerable omnivores around: roaches,” said Artistic Director Gisela Cardenas. “It is a sampling of InTandem Lab’s ambition in offering audiences an alternative theatergoing experience. The production integrates materials from classical literature and revamps it with multi-media technology, an original punk rock score and razor-sharp text.”