Editor's Note: Picture This Post recently spoke with Chicago actor and director, Dado, about her work with Facility Theatre on a production of THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL PASSION, based on the work by Hans Christian Andersen and the choral score by David Lang.
PTP: Where did the inspiration for this piece come from?
DADO: A mentor and friend of mine put the CD of little match girl passion into my hands in 2013, and then handily introduced me to Alex Monroe (music director and percussionist). At the time I was in grad school, and I needed to start thinking about getting OUT of grad school. I decided to stage several workshops of this project while at University of Chicago, and even though technically this was not my thesis, I attached this project directly *to* my thesis; I thought of matchgirl as more of a vehicle with which to drive myself out of the grad school experience, not a thesis per se.
The Grandmothers! They really did. They made me so nervous. Because they were so completely absent last time. It would have been much easier to forge on without them. So when it came time to stick them up there, I just froze up. I thought, no, this is good the way that it is, this is just enough. But the match girl is not about just enough. She's about too much. She's about excess, and imbalance, and disproportion, and the places you are not allowed to go, but then you do go, and what does that mean, that you go. So when I took the leap, and started to stick them in there, I was pretty alarmed. But once we saw them, with their lights, and their movements, and the singers and the actors, we all knew, oh no, we are never going back. You can't unsee this. Building these grandmothers, their branches, their movements, it has been so meaningful to me in ways that I can't yet articulate, but at the same time, I can't stop looking at them. And that's why things like art exist. Because we can't say them.
What do you hope audiences get from the experience when they attend?
Performances of The Little Match Girl Passion continue through April 29th.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 4:00pm
Holy Trinity Church School (Szkoła ŚW. Trójcy), 1135 N. Cleaver St., Chicago, IL