Thursday, April 11, 2013 / 8:00 PM
Regular: $30 Reserved; $18 G.A.
In a quest to reconnect with his Eastern European roots,
virtuoso violinist Alexander Balanescu, leader of the
internationally renowned Balanescu Quartet, turns to Romania
as inspiration for The Island. Working with Ada Milea, an
extraordinary young Romanian vocalist, actress, and songwriter,
he has composed a remarkable song cycle. Sung in English,
The Island is inspired by the classic Robinson Crusoe story
but with an improbable twist, as retold by pre-war Romanian
surrealist poet Gellu Naum. Wildly exuberant and oftentimes
amusing, Ada Milea gives a startling stage performance,
capitalizing on her unique story-telling abilities alongside Alex
Balanescu’s gift for melody. Together they create a moving
and highly existential parable that engages the audience in a
surrealist musical-theatre journey.