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) is a Venezuelan choreographer, visual artist, singer and maker of electronic music. After studying visual art, acting and dance in Venezuela, he continued his training at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. With his androgynous appearance and clear countertenor, he guides his audience into a world where one reality can segue almost unnoticeably into another. Song, dance, film, narration, fashion, visual art and music merge to create a new universe. During the short time he has been in Europe he has already won a number of significant awards, including the TAZ-Sabam Jongtheaterschrijfprijs 2017 (Oostende) and the Operadagen Award 2018 (Rotterdam).
In the spring of 2018, Ariah Lester (Lester Arias) created the production WHITE (ARIANE) as part of Frascati’s Fraslab test platform. This performance was an instant hit during the Something Raw international performance festival.