Written by/ Featuring Christopher Adams-Cohen
DIRECTED BY JAMES DARRAH
May 2019 | Theater Im Delphi
‘A group of strangers is brought together by a storm to spend the weekend in a mysterious house deep in the Black Forest. There, they are initiated into a transformative ritual. Hecate House may offer them the wonders of this world - but first they must be willing to bear the most hidden parts of themselves…’
HECATE HOUSE brings together an international ensemble of artist to compose a uniquely interdisciplinary piece of theatre. As the characters move deeper into the mysteries of the house, the audience is immersed into a responsive audio-visual landscape pulsing with lush, poetic imagery, live electronic music improvisations, and a narrative structure which shifts into dream-like abstraction. Moments of cinematic intimacy give way to mythically operatic sequences, while intricately choreographed dances descend into primal bacchanalia.
I HEART BERLIN | ‘…an experimental experience that will stimulate all your senses…’
BERLINER ZEITUNG | ‘..in this audio-visual installation…[the characters] are asked to face their darkest fears and deepest desires — and so is the audience…’
Creation (Pictures for dorian)
Created with Gob Squad
Featuring Christopher Adams-Cohen
CREATION is the realm of gods and artists, who create beauty through sheer will and their own bare hands. But who decides what is beautiful? And what are the concealed mechanisms of power that lie within the triangular relationship of artist, object and viewer?
THE STAGE | ‘… sly yet sumptuous, playfully experimental yet heady and deeply human.’
LA TIMES | ‘…relatable, entertaining, strikingly human theater.’
KULTURA EXTRA | ‘Christopher Adams-Cohen... impresses with his raven-haired beauty and grace of movement...’
WORLD PREMIERE: Hebbel-Am-Ufer, Berlin // 2018
Written by / Featuring Christopher Adams-Cohen
‘A petulant young scion has shrugged off the perks he was born to for seedy digs and wayward pleasures of the flesh. When his wealthy mother appears - demanding he sign away his shares of the family business and threatening to lodge in his apartment until he does - a raging psycho-sexual rivalry is ignited.’
This radically queer reinvention of the ancient tale of SALOME, spiritually inspired by the transgressive sexuality of Oscar Wilde's poetic study of the ultimate femme fatale, incites a militantly erotic epiphany for the 21st century.
LA WEEKLY | “…an avant-garde theatrical experience with plenty of raw sex and simmering violence... “
ANTOinette’s Recurring Dream
Created by Christopher ADams-Cohen / Antoinette Adams
‘When I think of my mother, I think of the neat row of Chanel makeup cases I used to disrupt when I was alone in her bathroom as a child. Sat on the tiled floor, I examined each lipstick, each polish, each powder – exploring the empty spaces carved out by her makeup brushes. I imagine that, tracing those markings, I might inhabit her negative space.’
ANTOINETTE’S RECURRING DREAM is a performance installation developed in ongoing collaboration between mother and son. The opening tableau finds performer Christopher Adams-Cohen surrounded by panels streaked with inky images of his mother Antoinette Adams' recurring dreamscapes. In an act of aesthetic transference, we see the performer attempting to penetrate his mother's most private stores of fear, longing and regret.
FIRST We Take Manhattan
Created with Tracey Snelling
Featuring Christopher Adams-Cohen
A series of performances created in collaboration with visual artist Tracey Snelling, for her solo exhibition at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien (2018).
‘The flashing inner life of these domestic cells are a call to riotously make up for earlier boredom and indifference... The absurdity of these staged situations seems both random and existential.’ -Christoph Tannert, Building As Sculpture
Created by Christopher Adams-Cohen
for Disco Dining Club
‘A surrealist meditation on memory loss, conflated identity and the pagan worship of Hollywood’s last great star, ELIZABETH weaves its way in and out of audience consciousness as the evening descends into decadent excess.’
PLAYBOY | ‘Disco Dining Club invites me in with open arms to a familiar kind of weird I’m ready to lose myself in.’
LOS ANGELES TIMES | ‘It has the heart of an after-hours club but revels in the gilded decadence most below-radar nightlife is out to destroy.’
BRAVO | ‘Disco Dining Club is Chez Panisse meets Studio 54.’