k a t a b a s i s

November 8-17, 2018
Performances at 7:30 at the Getty Villa

UPDATE 11.14: Due to fire, the Getty Villa is closed and all performances are canceled. Ticket holders have been refunded- please direct all box office questions to the Getty Villa. We are working with the Getty Villa to schedule the premiere of katabasis some time in the future. Please join our mailing list or follow us on social media for the latest news.

This new site-specific outdoor performance, created as a companion piece to the Getty Villa's exhibition Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife, conjures the realm of the dead and traces the trail of the heroes who transgress its borders.
A cult of musical performers will guide an audience of initiates through an Orphic mystery rite, staged across the grounds and gardens of the Getty Villa. Part immersive concert, part ritual theatre, four larks' future-folk score filters ancient modes and rhythms through a kaleidoscope of world folk and art pop.

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

Composed, Written, and Directed by Mat Sweeney, with Sebastian Peters-Lazaro (choreography & design),and Jesse Rasmussen (lyrics), and the ensemble, with design from Mieko Romming, Brandon Baruch, David McKeever and Regan Baumgarten