The Temptation of St Antony
A euphoric rite of music, dance, and visual theatre. A sublime multi-sensory meditation on being and belief in the age of information. The primordial howl of the first desert ascetic reverberates into the 21st century with otherworldly choreography and an avant-pop score for harp, strings, woodwind, and junkyard percussion.
“a sensual, intellectual, and vastly entertaining feast……superb ensemble…..flawless orchestra…..one of the best original scores in recent memory”
“seriously imaginative, wondrously immersive”
LOS ANGELES TIMES
“You walk away with the sense that you’ve seen something extraordinary...You’re held in ecstatic thrall from start to finish.”
THE HUFFINGTON POST
"brilliant postmodern opera"
“It’s a level of sophistication and artistry we don’t see enough of in LA theater…...one part art installation, one part theater, one part opera, with stunning live musicians. Four Larks hurdles over the boundaries between genres to create immersive, transformative events."
"A wonderment like no other in recent memory...The Temptation of St Antony is as all-consuming in its concerns, and as vivid and innovative in its theatrical gestures, as Einstein on the Beach, but compresses it all into a mere 75 minutes"
A FOOL IN THE FOREST
"Four Larks is making sophisticated, multi-layered, works of art that are bending genres and enchanting audiences...with some of the most vital design in LA theater...These are more than shows, they’re experiences"
OPENING THE CURTAIN
"a modern epic odyssey...exquisite choreography...dreamlike score...the ensemble is incredible!"
LA WEEKLY best of la
LOS ANGELES TIMES critics' pick
KCRW best of 2015
OVATION AWARD best music
OVATION AWARD best ensemble
STAGE RAW top ten
FABRIK best of 2016
HUFFINGTON POST recommended
LA WEEKLY "go!"
Concept and Performance Score by Mat Sweeney, adapted from fragments of Gustave Flaubert’s La Tentation de St Antoine, with collaborative development from Jesse Rasmussen (lyrics), Sebastian Peters-Lazaro & Ellen Warkentine
Music by Mat Sweeney & Ellen Warkentine
Directed by Mat Sweeney and Choreographed with Sebastian Peters-Lazaro
Scenic, Costume, and Properties Design by Sebastian Peters-Lazaro & Regan Baumgarten
Lighting Design by Brandon Baruch
Sound Design, Recording, and Engineering by Max Baumgarten, Danny Echevarria, Matt Rogers, & Mat Sweeney
Promotional Photography by Michael Amico Make-Up by Alessandro Rumie
Max Baumgarten – The Hermit
Caitlin Conlin – Hilarion
Kalean Ung / Esther Hannaford– The Queen of Sheba, Sophia, Cybelle
Paula Rebelo– Ammonaria, Isis, Lust, Death
Zachary Carlisle Sanders – The Gymnosophist, Mani, Apollo
Eli Weinberg– King Nebuchadnezzar, Valentine, Bacchus
Ellen Warkentine– Piano & Clarinet
Danny Echevarria– Violin
Prudence Rees-Lee– Cello
Matthew Proffitt – Trombone
Katherine Redlus– Harp
Kevin Schlossman / Josiah Miller– Percussion