"The Sorrow Message"
The Sorrow Message is an aerial theatre work designed, directed, and produced by Kel Millionie. The treatment was co-developed with Kel Millionie and Annelise Montone, and the final script was written by Annelise Montone. After witnessing his parents fighting, a young boy runs to the ocean for solace. There he discovers a message in a bottle which changes his life forever. Gathering his courage he sets out onto the ocean where he meets the Grimm who carry life from this world onto the next. Hovering in limbo between planes of good and evil, the intimate dark-fairytale explores relationships, family dynamics, courage, death, and personal escape through aerial acrobatics, movement, music, technology, and soundscapes. Audiences will watch as a shaggy wolf performs a staggeringly athletic act on aerial hand-straps. He then becomes the boy’s guide through this world of fantastical creatures.
"Spectacle Obscura" 2013
DNA Theatre reworked and remounted its original production of "Spectacle Obscura" for a new venue. The new production's text was rewritten by Annelise Montone and hosted by The Masterful Magician (Brian M. Kehoe).
Spectacle Obscura is a peculiar circus extravaganza by DNA Theatre. The show brings an evening full of mystery, mayhem, and magic to your eyes. Experience the bizarre lifestyle of the traveling circus as it unfolds act-by-act in an intimate cabaret style performance lead by The Masterful Magician. Watch as aerial artists soar above the crowd, contortionists flex and bend to the beat, and circus spectacles delight the senses and spook the soul.
"Spectacle Obscura" 2011
A dark neo-cabaret influenced movement theatre work, “Spectacle Obscura,” exposes the dynamic relationships of traveling circus performers from the 1940s era. Hosted by a larger-than-life and often inappropriate ringleader, the troupe succumbs to the ups-and-downs of life in the limelight and on the road. Incorporating circus feats with lavish costumes, makeup, lighting and scenography, this performance, designed and directed by Kel Millionie, strikes the senses in a visceral manor.
This original theatre work is a collaboration with local musicians "Boister," who developed an original soundtrack for the show. "Boister," was featured on-stage as the traveling circus company's live band. The text for the script was written and performed by Ryan Dunne who played the character of The Ringleader.
Aerial Arts Arena
Conceived, designed and directed by DNA Theatre's Artistic and General Director Kel Millionie, The Aerial Arts Arena was a venue at Artscape 2014 that hosted aerial artists, dancers, and circus acts from around the region high above Charles Street. DNA Theatre presented 9 shows over the entire weekend of performances.
The outdoor arena was designed, programmed, and produced by Kel Millionie of DNA Theatre. With a goal to expose the general public to a vast array of aerial and circus performance, Kel Millionie selected a broad range of regional performers and companies to fill the schedule.
"12: A Performance Piece For Twelve Actors"
Early in 2011, DNA Theatre premiered “12: A Performance Piece for Twelve Actors,” an emotionally and physically intense aerial theatre work loosely based on Ayn Rand's novella “Anthem.” The production was conceived, designed and directed by Kel Millionie. This piece was the culmination of over 2 years of development and intensive rehearsals. Millionie's adaptation of Rand’s story explores the relationship between people living in a dystopian society at the end of the collapse of civilization. Deep within a wet, dreary, and desolate stage picture, aerialists climb, pull, reach, drop, lift, and express humanity’s essential movements towards basic survival and emotional struggle. The adapted story expresses the profoundness of the human soul when stripped of identity and forced into conformity.
Looking deeper into the director/production relationship, this theatre piece closely parallels Millionie’s life during the recovery process from his hospitalization after shattering his skull in February of 2010.
PULSE is a conceptual aerial theatre work designed and directed by Kel Millionie. PULE tells the abstract story of eight anonymous strangers who meet on a city street and through physical theatre, aerial movement, soundscape, video projections, and shadow play, the characters consider what it means to survive in today’s world. Performers, each representing an iconic element of today’s archetypes (nurse, construction worker, student, punk-rock artist, etc.), interweave relationships both new and old, exploring with abstracted motion and invented aerial apparatus the relationships that develop between strangers in an instant and over years of community. The work explores stereotypes, perceived cultural and socioeconomic juxtapositions, explosive energies, love, and conflict. Trapeze, handstraps, ladders, cloth, and invented aerial apparatus come together in an outburst of emotion and physicality.
A compassionate adventure, “Look Up,” tells the universal story of true love and acceptance in a time of vast communal change. Conceived, designed, and directed by Kel Millionie, “Look Up,“ is an aerial theater work with no speaking parts, driven by a soundtrack of music combined with an ethereal soundscape. The production is part dance, part theater, part circus, and part otherworldly experience. With some traditional and some non-traditional circus apparatus, aerialists soar overhead in this 75 minute performance piece about what might have happened after Icarus plunged into the ocean to his alleged death.
"The Tempest" An Aerial Adaptation
Kel Millionie, adapted, designed, and directed, an aerial version of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest."
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