Valère Novarina, Text
Zaven Paré, Direction and Design
Allen S. Weiss, Co-Direction/Adaptation/Translation
Gregory Whitehead, Original Sound Design
Christof Migone, Original Sound Design
Jon Gottlieb, 2000/01 Sound Design
Leon Rothenberg, Assistant Sound Design
Mark Sussman, Performer/Operator
The world premiere of Theatre of the Ears, a radiophonic play in space performed by an electronic puppet, was a collage of works by Valère Novarina, the well-known French avant-garde playwright. While Novarina is frequently performed in France, his work had never been presented in the United States. Theatre of the Ears marked the United States premiere of his writing. This interdisciplinary work combined elements of puppetry, computer imaging, and video. It was created by Zaven Paré, Gregory Whitehead, Valère Novarina and Allen S. Weiss, along with a team of CalArts designers and technicians.
The piece was subsequently presented in New York as part of the 2000 Henson International Festival of Puppet Theatre, in Paris at the Biennale Internationale des Arts de la Marionnette, and at the 2001 Festival d’Avignon.