k a t a b a s i s

January 2019
A mystery rite, staged across the grounds and gardens of the Getty Villa.
Created, Staged, and Composed​​ by ​Mat Sweeney
Set / Prop Design and Choreography​​ by ​Sebastian Peters-Lazaro
Lyrics Co-Written with​​ ​Jesse Rasmussen

"Triumphant...A high-water mark for site specific theatre"
Kevin Gossett, NO PROSCENIUM

"The best theatre I've seen in years"
Mark Gordon, CENTER STAGE

"A remarkable event...fun, fascinating, and totally unpredictable"
Jim Farber, SF CLASSICAL VOICE

"Katabasis is a kind of incantation designed to draw one into a hypnotic state...Like a profound church service in its reach for eternal stasis...so beautifully and skillfully ensnared by fourlarks"
Steven Leigh Morris, STAGE RAW

fourlarks' future-folk score filters ancient modes and rhythms through a kaleidoscope of world folk and avant pop.

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with performances from Sheila Brown Ellis, Maya Gingery, Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth​, Sharon Chohi Kim, Jett Kwong​, Matt Orenstein​, Ryan Parrish​, Lukas Papenfusscline, Zachary Carlisle Sanders, Titus Tompkins, James Vitz-Wong​, James Waterman​, Eli Weinberg

additional design from Brandon Baruch (lighting), Regan Baumgarten (masks), and Mieko Romming (costumes)

promotional photos by Michael Amico, production photos by Gema Galiana