Upon discovering an abandoned theatre in the small settlement of Death Valley Junction, Marta Becket, a broadway dancer, choreographer and visual artist, changed her life completely, left her “conventional career” as a touring artist and moved to the desert to open up the Amargosa Opera House, where she lived and worked until her death in 2017. In Death Valley Junction, Lulu Obermayer celebrates Marta Becket’s legacy as an example of radical artistic practice and sheds light on endurance, longevity and sustainability in the performing arts. By interweaving the biography of Marta Becket with her own the performance wonders how against all odds art and life intertwine.
Death Valley Junction runs approximately 60 minutes. The piece uses English spoken language. Abrupt light changes, fog and loud as well as surprising music occur. Hearing protection is provided at the entrance. There is verbal interaction with the audience. The performance is suitable for audiences 12 years and older. The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There are two wheelchair spaces and one beanbag seat that can be reserved by phone or booked via the online ticket shop, if available. Admission begins 20-30 minutes prior to show time. We recommend arriving early to select a suitable seat. Please note that the accessibility information is subject to possible changes. It will be updated continuously. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at or 030 27 89 00 35.
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LULU OBERMAYER works with performance, opera, theater and choreography. After studying acting in New York City, she graduated with a BA (hons) in Contemporary Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2014) and an MA Solo Dance and Authorship at HZT. Since then, she has developed a solo trilogy on female lead roles in the operas of Giacomo Puccini and the ensemble piece L’Opra Fatale on female murderers in opera.
CONCEPT, PERFORMANCE Lulu Obermayer LIGHT Hanna Kritten Tangsoo SOUND Matilde Sambo DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT Maciej Sado TEXT SUPPORT Max Kopelowicz ASTROLOGICAL SUPPORT Aliza Kelly
A production by Lulu Obermayer in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. With the friendly support of MOtiVE Brooklyn. The 31st Tanztage Berlin is a production of SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. With the friendly support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e. V. and Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte. Media partners: Siegessäule, tipBerlin, taz and Berlin Art Link.