A Billion Nights On Earth

Thaddeus Phillips



Thaddeus Phillips, A Billion Nights on Earth, 2017. Photo by Johanna Austin.


Thaddeus Phillips, A Billion Nights on Earth, 2017. Photo by Johanna Austin.


Whale Optics. Photo courtesy of Thaddeus Phillips.


Thaddeus Phillips in 17 Border Crossings. Photo by Mark Simpson.


Thaddeus Phillips' Red-Eye to Havre de Grace. Photo by Johanna Austin.

Theater director, performer, and 2002 Pew Fellow Thaddeus Phillips will premiere a visual theater work for children and adults that will blend performance art, pop-up storybook design techniques, and a cinematic score, in collaboration with visual artist Steven Dufala and composer Juan Gabriel Turbay. Expanding traditional notions of children's theater, A Billion Nights On Earth will not include a text, and will instead be anchored by a series of bold visual installations, ranging from a 15-foot inflatable whale and deep sea underwater lights, to floating tents and an electric train. The work will feature an evolving, circus-style environment, inviting audiences to invent their own storylines as the fantastical performance evolves. Phillips says A Billion Nights On Earth will be "created with a child-like logic, where ideas and images don't always connect in a normal way, and fantasy roams freely away from linear reality." Following its debut in Philadelphia, the work will be presented by the Brooklyn Academy of Music at its Next Wave Festival.

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