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 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
A curse needs to be broken.
A piece of the family tree needs to be cut and taken-off the earth by it’s root.
The garden of House needs to be cleaned and watered so that the roses can grow.
I’m the hero,
I’m the healer,
I’m the traveler.
I exiliated myself to the biggest journey of my life. I went far.
I crossed oceans and lands of mystery.
A journey so far out: to go to the deepest space within.
I forgot my tongue and my color, I became something else, a caricature, a sketch, a monster… to find…
concept & performance ARIAH LESTER lightdesign Katinka Marac shoulder piece design and creation Pepa Canel technics Cesco van der Zwaag picture Martijn Schrier + ARIAH LESTER
ARIAH LESTER (Lester Arias) studied visual art, acting and modern dance at the Escula de Artes Plasticas Cristobal Rojas in Caracas (Venezuela). In 2016, he graduated from the School for New Dance Development at the Academy of Dance and Theatre in Amsterdam (SNDO). In recent years, his work has received the Moving Forward Festival’s Young Dance Makers Audience Award 2016, the Sabam Jongtheaterschrijfprijs at TAZ 2017 and the Operadagen Rotterdam Award 2018. In 2017, he performed during TEDx Amsterdam. At the beginning of 2018 he created the solo piece White [Ariane] for Frascati Producties with Fraslab – a production he is now expanding, with Frascati Producties, for the upcoming season.
Together with musician Nicolas Blomberg he forms the duo Lester&Nikki, whose works include The Wild Things (2016) and House (2016). Alongside his performance work, he teaches at SNDO.