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Gérald Kurdian
The Magic of
Spectacular Theater

Tuesday, September 18 at 8pm
Wednesday, September 19 at 8pm

Abrons Arts Center

Wed, Sept 19: Post-Performance Discussion
Moderated by Helen Richardson, Associate Professor
of Theater at Brooklyn College.

Co-presented with Abrons Arts Center

"Hilariously funny as well as deep and dark, a profound combination. There's nothing like it here in the U.S., and we're lucky to get a glimpse of (Gérald's) very unique world view and beautiful musicality."—Laurie Anderson

Crossing the Line artist-in-residence Gérald Kurdian charmed festival audiences in 2011 with his evocative songwriting, extraordinary voice, and inventive, lo-tech storytelling that challenged expectations of musical performance.

The Paris-based artist returns this year to perform his new work, The Magic of Spectacular Theater—part of his ongoing THIS IS THE HELLO MONSTER! avant-folk music project—with stage design by Obie Award winner Philippe Quesne. Blending performance, pop music, and magical interludes, the piece explores two prevalent contemporary views of magic: the mystical practices of sorcerers and astrologers on the one hand, and the illusionism of the more conventional conjurer on the other.

In English

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Recent Buzz & Reviews

Les inRockuptibles
With this stunning 2012 edition, Crossing the Line deserves to have an alter ego in France that is able to return the compliment to the talent of young American artists.
Scènes: Manhattan transfert
Patrick Sourd, November 7, 2012

France Culture
Radio Broadcast, Spectacle Vivant : Dom Juan ou le
Festin de Pierre et Une 

(In French. Crossing the Line 2012 coverage
begins at 54:50)
October 4, 2012

Crossing the Line 2012 Journal:
On Denying the Surplus Value of Art(?)

Jeremy M. Barker, October 3, 2012

Gérald Kurdian on “The Magic of Spectacular Theater”
Jeremy M. Barker, Sept 17, 2012

The Lo-Down
Fall Arts Season Kicks off with an International Bent
Robin Schatell, September 17, 2012

Paris New York TV
Crossing the Line, le festival osé du Fiaf c’est maintenant
Anaïs Digonnet, September 14, 2012

Time Out New York
The Magic of Spectacular Theater
September 13–19, 2012

Paris New York TV
Crossing the Line, le festival osé du Fiaf c’est maintenant
Anaïs Digonnet, September 14, 2012

Interview Magazine
Crossing the Line in a Good Way
Effie Bowen, Sept 13, 2012
2012 Crossing the Line Festival Presents Gérald Kurdian‘s The Magic of Spectacular Theater 9/18–19
August 23, 2012


Ticket Info

Advanced $15
Day-of $20

Venue Info

Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
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With the support of the Fondation d’entrprise Hermès in connection with its New Settings programme, the Institut français in the frame of its Théâtre Export Program, and the Consulate General of France in Quebec

Images: Gérald Kurdian © Morgan Roudaut

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