Bacchic

Bacchic performance at The Iron Factory in Philadelphia.  Photo by Annabelle Cousins

Bacchic performance at The Iron Factory in Philadelphia. 

Photo by Annabelle Cousins

Bacchic delves into our personal and cultural relationship with inebriation. We open up a conversation about the ways in which alcohol affects our lives both positively and negatively. This devised theater piece is dance and theater, lecture and spectacle, performance and party.

The play follows the Bacchantes in a ritual worship of wine and extravagance as they celebrate the life-giving and destructive power of drink. They show us, tell us, and teach us how booze can tear us down or set us free. Set on a bare stage, Bacchic takes us to ancient Greece, 19th century France, prewar Berlin, and the contemporary lecture hall.

Bacchic’s text was composed by ITW with Charles Coursey Jr as dramaturg.  The text has been based on works by Euripides, Emile Zola, Adam Rogers, Noah S Sweat Jr. and includes original writing. Our work has been strongly affected by adaptations written by: David Greig, Margaret Mauldon, Herbert Golder, C.K. Williams and Mike Poulton.

In addition to our proscenium version of the play we have an immersive iteration built for Club OBERON in Cambridge. This dance party version has an even mix of performance and open space for enjoying the main subject of the play, alcohol! ITW’s own DJ, KSO spins a set to go along with the play and keep people dancing and drinking when the show is over.

Bacchic is the first in a three-part consumption play cycle. ITW is in the planning/research stages for plays about Meat and Fashion consumption.

Ensemble member, Persia Blue, performing at Club OBERON Photo by Annabelle Cousins 

Ensemble member, Persia Blue, performing at Club OBERON

Photo by Annabelle Cousins 

History

Bacchic began at our inaugural Block Island Retreat in September 2015. The ensemble embarked on an intensive training and rehearsal process yielding a devised piece on the impacts of alcohol consumption. In early October of 2015, the performance made its way to The Hive NYC for In the Water Theatre Company’s debut.

Fall of 2016, Bacchic returned to the rehearsal studio on Block Island for further development and the company’s second annual retreat. The ensemble sought to deepen and expand the form built in the 2015 iteration. Over the course of October 2016, ITW performed Bacchic in Cambridge, Philadelphia, and New York.

Bacchic is currently available for touring. We are excited by the opportunity to adapt to new spaces and welcome non-traditional performance venues.

If you are interested in presenting a performance of Bacchic or helping to develop one of the plays in the cycle, please email Jonathan Taylor at: jonathantaylor@inthewatertheatre.com