Inspired by archetype and dreams, The SuperHero and his Charming Wife is an original story of a career SuperHero whose marriage collapses when his wife develops the surprising ability to transform into other women. Devoted to security and order the Hero discovers that he is terrified of change, and struggles to defend his sense of identity, to hold his ground at any cost.
This stylishly absurd and deeply philosophical hero story dramatized in the world of the graphic novel is a wild and entertaining journey into our fear of the unknown. The Hero, a man renowned for courage in the face of danger, is forced to confront his deep terror of chaos, change and losing control. In search of her own identity, the Hero’s wife discovers a dark side of herself that she was not prepared to face.
Presented by Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble, this modern myth is a mix of the Jungian archetype with the eastern spiritual warrior, a Hero’s tale for a pop-culture age. The philosophical and psychological journey is balanced with modern action, music and absurd humor.
Founded in 2004, NMA is a collective of performers, dancers, actors, designers and theatre artists who make dance/movement inspired theatre pieces, integrating new storytelling forms from ancient techniques. The collective’s signature style is athletic, dynamic, transformative; a marriage of classical literature and explosive movement which is evident throughout The Superhero and his Charming Wife. Using dramatic, propulsive, dance moves set to a multi-track funky remix of pop songs, the staging and choreography gives this comic book show a fun and action packed edge contrasted with the more serious subject of basic human struggles and how fear can control our lives.
Highways Performance Space @ 18th Street Arts Center 1651 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 Performances: Through May 15 Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm Sundays at 3:30pm May 8 and 15.