BEFORE THE REVOLUTION, is a playful, thought provoking, absurd theatre piece about what it might’ve been like for black ballerina, Eleanora Antinova, to be a part of the first international modernist ballet company, the Ballet Russes. Through the course of the piece Antinova, played by Ovation Nominated, Daniele Watts, imagines what it would be like to play an aging Russian Ballerina, Marie Antoinette, and even a minstrel performer in her attempt to challenge and examine what is expected of her as a performing artist.
Life size paper doll-like puppets and an ensemble of four dynamic actors add to the magic, humor and heartbreak of this bold re-imagining of esteemed performance artist, Eleanor Antin’s groundbreaking debut at The Kitchen in 1979.
Directed by Robert Castro. Performed by Daniele Watts, Matthew Henderson, Jonathan Le Billon, Maria Tomas, Jacob Bruce. Sound Design: John Zalewsk , Choreography: Yolande Snaith, Scenic / Costume Design: Victoria Petrovich, Ben Zamora: Lighting Design.