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Frascati Producties / ARIAH LESTER [Lester Arias] (VE / NL)

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ARIANE is the daughter that Nancy (a south american woman) never had. Nancy wrote a diary for ARIANE while she was inside her womb without knowing that she would be a boy. 28 years after the birth, Nancy crossed over the Atlantic to reveal the existence of the diary to her son.
ARIAH LESTER - Lester Arias, takes the words of his mother’s diary and creates songs out of them. A space of (in)betweenness: monstrosity / beauty, feminine / masculine, light / darkness, ARIANE / LESTER / ARIAH.
A piece about metamorphosis and shading, something more like a long poem; in between a concert and a a theatre piece, a one-man-show-opera and a burlesque act created in collaboration with light designer Katinka Marac.
Where’s my tongue? 
                      Creature of two worlds.
My tongue is in the book that was written 
before I was born.
So I entered the book and read
and I walked blind over the words of the past                                              
While I was blind
of my eyes but not of my heart. 
I followed, 
I followed the sound of the drumming
when I was almost arriving, 
                              I felt
the stones, that inside my throat
melt like water.
I entered the cave.
There were beings and shapes
also blind, also with closed eyes
and I touched them with my hands
and I gave them birth and name.
And ultimately, there was skin...
                                  ...lots of it.
and under the skin there was fat,
under the fat there were muscles,
under the muscles there were bones,
under the bones: space,
under that space: 
concept & performance Lester Arias light design Katinka Marac shoulder piece design and creation Pepa Canel


Lester Arias (Ariah Lester) is a choreographer, musician, vocalist and filmmaker. He studied at the Escula de Artes Plasticas Cristobal Rojas in Caracas. In 2016, he graduated from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) at the Academy of Theatre and Dance in Amsterdam. Together with lighting designer Katinca Marac, he investigates ‘liminal spaces’: the elusive area between the monstrous and the sublime; the male and the female; light and dark.