An actor, a singer and two musicians talk about creating a surrealistic collage of words and music evoking the colourful life of the diarist and novelist Anaïs Nin.
PRESS RELEASE FOR THE LIE BOX
Is fiction a lie?
The life and thoughts of Spanish-Cuban diarist and novelist Anaïs Nin in words and music
Emerging from a damaged childhood, Anaïs Nin (1904-1977) spent the majority of her life playing out the dual role of victim and seductress. She acted out complex fantasies with practically every man (and several women) that crossed her path – a list which included the writer Henry Miller, dramatist Antonin Artaud and her own father, Joaquín Nin, who had sexually abused and then abandoned her as a child.
In her forties, Anaïs Nin met and married the younger actor, Rupert Pole with whom she lived in California, while still participating in her first marriage to Hugo Guiler in New York. She described her life therefore, as a “bicoastal trapeze” and was reduced to using an index card box to keep track of her lies.
Analysed by the Austrian psychoanalyst and colleague of Freud, Otto Rank, Nin came to see her inner split and the lies she told as the seeds of her creativity, and music as the source of her inspiration.
In 'Anaïs Nin: The Lie Box', Ismena Collective uses a collage of Nin's writing and the music of her father, brother and others to elucidate this complex life and enquire into the nature of truth, creativity, fidelity, love and sexuality.
Actor Sally Mortemore (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) plays Anaïs Nin.
Celebrated Danish soprano, Lene Sahlholdt recreates the role of Nin's Danish mother, the soprano Rosa Nin-Culmell.
Cellist Mayda Narvey and Spanish pianist Horacio Lopez Redondo play the music of Nin's father, brother and others.
Composer Daniel Thomas Freeman (who wrote the score for the recent award-winning indie film Catch Me Daddy) has added soundscapes to reflect the electronic scores of the surrealistic films in which Nin appeared.
Part theatre piece, part live concert, part sound collage,
a show that defies genre is performed in an award-winning multi-genre space.