• THE FOUR LITTLE GIRLS/LAS CUATRO NIÑITAS
  • THE FOUR LITTLE GIRLS/LAS CUATRO NIÑITAS

Production Details

  • Dates: Friday Apr 04 2003 to Sunday May 11 2003
  • Tickets: Tickets $28; students and seniors $25. THURSDAYS ONLY: All tickets $22 (can't be combined with other discounts).

THE FOUR LITTLE GIRLS/LAS CUATRO NIÑITAS

WORLD PREMIERE BILINGUAL FLAMENCO MUSICAL WRITTEN BY SPANISH GENIUS PABLO PICASSO, DIRECTED BY ANGEL GIL ORRIOS WITH MUSIC BY BASILIO GEORGES AND CHOREOGRAPHY BY AURORA REYES.

FLAMENCO MUSIC, SINGING & DANCE fuse with PICASSO's POETIC TEXT,
PROJECTIONS of his paintings, and picassoesque MASKS to create
A STUNNING “TOTAL THEATRE EXPERIENCE”.

WRITTEN BY the Spanish genius PABLO PICASSO.
ENGLISH version by ROLAND PENROSE.
MUSIC by BASILIO GEORGES.  
CHOREOGRAPHY by AURORA REYES.
Assistant Director/Stage Manager WALTER GUZMAN
DESIGNED, PRODUCED & DIRECTED by ANGEL GIL ORRIOS.

Cast:
MARIA BENJUMEDA, KARIM NOACK,
AURORA REYES, and MIEKO SETO

with the Special Collaboration of dancers:
YLOY YBARRA as Picasso,
CARLOS FITTANTE as Peace
and WALTER GUZMAN as War.

Guitarists: BASILIO GEORGES & ROBERT JEFERSON.
Violin/Keyboard: LISA CROWDER. 
Percussion/Bass:  SEAN KUPISZ

It coincides with the blockbuster PICASSO MATISSE exhibition
at the MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MoMA QNS),
currently located eight blocks from the theatre.
BILINGUAL WORLD PREMIERE FLAMENCO MUSICAL

“THE FOUR LITTLE GIRLS/LAS CUATRO NIÑITAS”

The text of this rarely produced play, originally written by PICASSO in French as “LES QUATRE PETITES FILLES” and published in France in 1949, was published in ENGLISH by ROLAND PENROSE (Great Britain, 1970) and in SPANISH by MARIA TERESA LEON (Spain, 1973).

This highly-anticipated production explores an aspect of PICASSO’s extraordinary talent that has been neglected because the staging of his plays presents a tremendous challenge for any director.   But that has not deterred prestigious Spanish director Angel Gil Orrios, who already took on that challenge in 1988 by directing the BILINGUAL production of PICASSO’s other play “DESIRE CAUGHT BY THE TAIL/ EL DESEO COGIDO POR EL RABO”.  It was very well received by audiences and critics, winning the ACE AWARD for BEST DIRECTOR from the NY Association of Critics of Entertainment.  Now, Gil Orrios’ vision takes the audience inside PICASSO’s huge canvases of WAR and PEACE, murals he painted for the deconsecrated chapel in Vallauris, France (finished in 1951).  Within these frames THE FOUR LITTLE GIRLS play innocent yet cruel games in a sort of fresh-perfumed kitchen garden that could be located somewhere in wonderland as easily as in “horrorland” [heaven or hell] with just a flip of a coin.

In this natural atmosphere of timelessness, PICASSO brings back into his work the mythical population of fauns, centaurs, winged horses, doves, owls, goats, etc., creating a world of fantasy or super-reality which we recognize as an inseparable part of our lives when we live fully.  The world of PICASSO’s imagination transcends every frontier but it is also linked to the familiar realities of daily life, seen with precise and hyper-sensible penetrating observation.  It is a world populated by gods and devils, in which THE FOUR LITTLE GIRLS have not become angels, nor is their innocence untroubled.  Their violent yearnings and desires are portrayed in a brilliant flow of images, disconnected in their childish exuberance.

PICASSO’s language, which is both innocent and sophisticated, has the same richness of imagery and daring as in his use of visual media.  His experimental approach to conventional theatre was [and still is] as avant-garde as his attitude towards academic conventions in painting was revolutionary.  The result is a new language, conveying a new and vivid vision of reality. 

The invention of new styles such as cubism, the intense pleasures of new and startling combinations of color as in his blue or pink periods, the abstract enjoyment of geometric and organic forms, can’t diminish PICASSO’s passionate involvement with the human presence, not only in his appearance but more profoundly in its very nature and its daily behavior.  That is why it is not surprising to find him totally immersed in a ceaseless eager enquiry into that most mysterious and intriguing period of life: childhood.  Through a multifaceted perspective —a true Picasso signature—, he experiments with his own discovery of the world of childhood [while his children Paloma, Maia, Paul and Claude were growing up] and the mockery of adulthood, good and evil, life and death, love and hate, war and peace.

PICASSO’s reflections on WAR and PEACE certainly could not be more appropriate for the troubled times we live in right now.


SIX WEEKS ONLY!
  FROM APRIL 4 TO MAY 11, 2003
alternating performances in English and Spanish:
Performances IN ENGLISH: Thursdays at 8 PM and Saturdays at 3 PM
Performances IN SPANISH: Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 4 PM

Tickets: $28; Students & Seniors: $25

(Thursdays & Fridays special prize: $22)

Members of MoMA and PICASSO MATISSE TICKET HOLDERS: $25  (Thu & Fri only $20)

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