The Success of CAMPFIRE and SLEEP NO MORE Exclusively in a REBNY Member Space
Bordonaro and Kapteyn in CAMPFIRE
Tony Bordonaro’s and Ingrid Kapteyn’s first creation, CAMPFIRE, brought to life the limits of human empathy through a story about the last two humans on earth. They premiered it with a run of sold out shows in an office space in downtown Shanghai still under construction, where the audience moved with them through an entire gutted floor of a building strewn with rubble and refuse as if a bomb had gone off.
Early in 2019, they then presented CAMPFIRE in The Tank’s intimate 56-seat black box in midtown Manhattan, with a two-part immersive scent sculpture that diffused toxic-seeming metallic notes into the hint of campfire embers.
Why were the two in Shanghai in the first place? After Bordonaro and Kapteyn brought down the house in Sleep No More in New York City, the show’s artistic producing company Punchdrunkselected them to join the original cast that built and performed a new version of Sleep No More in China. They opened the show in 2016 and to this day it continues running nightly to sold-out crowds.
Why The Pigeon & The Mouse Has Such Appeal
The Pigeon & The Mouse acts as a kind of alternate-universe prequel to CAMPFIRE. Think The Hunger Games meets Pina Bausch or Bladerunner meets Sleep No More, and you’ll get the idea. Homeowner Millennials now saving and investing crave this live form of immersive experience.
At the intersection of dance and theater, abstraction and narrative, sci-fi and fable, The Pigeon & The Mouse is a love story about two people forced to leave home in the wake of civil war.
Creators Bordonaro and Kapteyn are among New York’s most gifted creatives in immersive theater, bringing their powerful imagination not just to the stage but right to and into the audience.
Their unique original live stage credentials are anchored in the special success of offering the intimacy of live performance while simultaneously engaging audiences in arresting and at times brutal tests of the limits of human empathy.
Expect the same evocative starkness of being in The Pigeon and the Mouse.
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