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"Buffard's troupe conjures powerful Baron Samedi" – read the Seattle Times review May 9, 2014

"You’ve probably heard the Kurt Weill-Bertolt Brecht ballad Mack the Knife before. But you haven’t heard it like this.

The signature tune from Threepenny Opera is backed by a thrumming electric guitar, and an African woman sings the German lyrics starkly, almost mournfully, like a dirge. It ain’t the usual jaunty ode to a ruthless criminal, that’s for sure.

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The Rebels' Scent May 9, 2014

The unruly silk page where bodies brew,
  She will never tell you her real name.
The center stage, the timeless hew,
  She will never tell you her real name.

The first transgression
  for blind and blunted faith. 

I dare look back to retrace our steps
still we remain singing on sinking ships.

Yes!  We have come to this.

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Descending into the Underworld May 9, 2014

Should I ever descend into the underworld, well, probably when I descend there, I want a chorus to welcome me with the intrigue, and vocal beauty like what is present in Baron Samedi.  Nothing else will matter after that, except perhaps my desire to interview Alain Buffard.  I need to get in your head a little please, because you certainly got into mine!
 

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The Impossible Island of Youkali May 9, 2014

Salvador Dali would enjoy this rambunctious, messy chess game of polyglot adult circus absurdity. Against his chosen landscape of forced perspective and loose gravity, the collage of multi-hued faces pose heroic or crawling; they entwine, swim, scramble about, perch and fold over precarious edges. Their mash-up of French, German and English helps to express the locale and mind set of an imagined and sometimes base world of stark and elemental allegory.

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Relish May 9, 2014

It’s almost been two years now since my brief encounter with Herbert Blau. I was a student of his in his last class; it was my only claim to know him besides a scattering of articles and chapters I had read. Within that 10 week class, we were meant to uncover the thread defining the lineage of the Avant-Garde. Indeed, the threads were many, and academic.

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Baron Samedi Curator Note May 8, 2014

At the beginning of the season, we inscribed a quote from the late performance philosopher Herb Blau above the main stage entrance that asks, “What is not theater?” Now, several months later as we enter the final weeks of our 13/14 programming, I’m thinking about Herb once again and his rather famous idea that performers are in one way or another depicting their own deaths each time they go on stage before an audience.

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Why Haitian Spirits & Kurt Weill? Baron Samedi Program Note May 8, 2014

Author and cultural critic François Frimat delves into the world of Alain Buffard and Baron Samedi:

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Interview with Baron Samedi Performer David Thomson May 7, 2014

Transcription of interview with Baron Samedi performer David Thomson at APAP, courtesy of Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

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