A performance poem conceived in collaboration
Set and Lighting by
PREMIERE: Public Theater
Hajj is one of Mabou Mines’ signature pieces Ruth Maleczech stars in this one woman performance poem designed with state-of-the-art video and audio technology. Set at a dressing table in front of a triad of mirrors a woman takes a journey through her past to repay a debt she can never repay. The mirrors reflect enlarged images of the woman as well as pre-recorded images which reflect her thoughts and remembrances.
The poem/play is a metaphor for this pilgrimage. Hajj follows an American woman’s journey into her past to settle her debts, financial as well as emotional. The piece threads these thematic strands using psychology and sophisticated technology.
The Performing Garage
American Film Institure National Video Festival, Kennedy Center, Washington DC (June, 1982)
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA (March 29-April 2, 1983)
Premiere: The Public Theater, NYC (April-May, 1983)
Dance Theater Workshop, Economy Tires Theater at Bessie Schonberg Theater, NYC (May 7-18, 1986)
Japan Tour, Togamora and Tokyo
International Chekov Festival, Moscow, Russia (1998)
Maly Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia (April, 2000)
Seoul Theatre Festival, Munye Small Theater in Seoul, Korea (September, 2000)