Paul Warner Group in association with Creation Production Company Presents
WOMEN: THE WAR WITHIN
A dance-theatre opera by Du Yun, Matthew Maguire, and Paul Warner
Composer: Du Yun
Libretto: Matthew Maguire
Choreographer: Stephen Petronio
Direction and Musical Staging: Paul Warner
Ching Valdes-Aran as Aung San Suu Kyi
Winsome Brown as Hillary Clinton
Wendy Whelan as Cleopatra (Dance)
Abby Fischer as Cleopatra (Mezzo-Soprano)
Qian Yi as Wu Zetian
It is the Fall of 2015 and the Presidency is at stake when Empress Wu, Cleopatra, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Hillary Clinton encounter one another at a fantastical power summit.
The ancient ones are haunted by the murders and seductions by which they forged their path to power, but Wu counsels Clinton to kill, Cleopatra counsels Suu Kyi to kill, and an epic battle ensues.
The women clash in a fugue composed of the counterpoint of their lives: coups, suicides, house arrests, poisonings, scandals, and elections.
Although moved, Clinton and Suu Kyi find the clarity to break free from their ancient sisters, and their sundering releases a cathartic transcendence.
How will Hillary Clinton confront the war within and channel the ancient dynasties of China and Egypt to transform the American empire?
It is the Fall of 2015. The Presidency is at stake. How will Hillary Clinton channel the ancient dynasties of China and Egypt to transform the American empire?
Four of the most powerful women in history encounter one another: Empress Wu, the only female Empress of China, Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Egypt, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist of Myanmar, and Hillary Clinton, American stateswoman. The ancient ones are haunted by the murders and seductions by which they forged their path to power. How will Aung San Suu Kyi and Hillary Clinton confront the war within as they struggle to gain the choice of non-violence? Will they resist the corruption of power? How will the election in November 2015, and the American Empire, be transformed by this fantastical summit?
At first Aung San Suu Kyi and Hillary Clinton are only able to observe their ancient sisters without being able to penetrate the membrane of time and space that separates them. But soon the women clash in a fugue composed of the counterpoint of their lives: the military campaigns, the coups, the suicides, the house arrests, the poisonings, the revolts, the scandals, and the elections. Wu counsels Clinton to kill. Cleopatra counsels Suu Kyi to kill. They refuse. An epic battle. The women are at war within and without.
Clinton and Suu Kyi succeed in shifting history by intervening in Wu and Cleopatra’s lives, but not before they are touched by their struggles. Although moved, Clinton and Suu Kyi find the clarity to break free from their ancient sisters. Their sundering releases a cathartic transcendence.
Aung San Suu KyiChing Valdes-Aran
Wu Zetian Qian Yi
Cleopatra (dance) Wendy Whelan
Hillary Clinton Winsome Brown
Cleopatra (mezzo soprano) Abigail Fischer
Coryphaeus / Commander Edward O’Blenis
Julius Caesar (dance) Josh Green
Gaozong / Julius Caesar (baritone) Yuekun Wu
Empress Wang / Choir Jennifer Lim
Warrior One / Retainer / Emperor Taizong Jin Ha
Warrior Two Tom Feeney
Warrior Three Gianlorenzo Albertini
Piano / Electronics / Voice / Sound Design Du Yun
Pipa / Qin Zhou Yi
Trumpet Brad Henkel
Bass / Guitar Max Stehr
Percussion Theo Metz
Composer Du Yun
Libretto Matthew Maguire
Direction and Musical Staging Paul Warner
Choreographer Stephen Petronio
Producers Dorottya Mathe
Creation Production Company
Paul Warner Group
Set Design Mimi Lien
Lighting Design Aaron Black
Costume Design Karen Young
Makeup Artist Frances Sorensen
Dramaturg / Prop Master Ryan Stevenson
Visual Artist David Michalek
Stage Manager Gwyndolyn Kay
Assistant Director Daniel R. Melnick
Assistant to Lighting Designer Gertjan Houben
Assistant to Stephen Petronio Gino Grenek
Outreach Coordinator Adam Boncz
Assistant Stage Manager Domonique Pacitto
Production Photographer Matthew Murphy
Videographer / Editor Sean Robinson
Camera Operators Janna Kyllastinen
Wardrobe Intern Mari Kawamura
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Deborah Wasser, Susan Vaughan, David Vando, David Schweizer, Eleanor Wallace,
Layton Hower, Pamela Rapp, Katie Gorum, Diana Kemppainen, Toby E. Boshak, Georgiana Pickett,
Steven Battaglia, James Egelhofer, Margaret Yeomans, Show Yi,
The producers would like to express their gratitude for the use of cameras from
THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS:
Princess Grace Foundation-USA
Suzanne Cohn Simon Family Foundation
New York State Counci