Kings of Macedonia
Conceived as a modern telling of The Canterbury Tales, the Kings of Macedonia is a collection of moments from everyday life, in which ten characters search for meaning while en route to destinations they cannot quite pinpoint. Individually, they reflect on their own aptitude for inciting meaning within their lives and the lives of others; collectively, they look to the impulses within (and the vast unknown above) in the search for something, anything, to hold onto.
Artists Involved: Text and stage direction by Andrew Ondrejcak; music by Shara Worden; performed by Jake Hart, Jenn Dees, Meg Harper, Shara Worden, Paul Ketchum, Yuki Kawahisa, Laurena Allan, Tunde Adebimpe, Helga Davis, Brock Gloor; with musicians Ibanda Ruhumbika, Michael Seltzer, R.J. Kelley, CJ Camerieri, Ted Poor, the Khorikos Chorus and dancers Denise Ondrejcak and Jessica Dessner.
Lead Artists: ANDREW ONDREJCAK is a writer and visual artist. His performances combine an original text with experiments in visual storytelling and theatrical mise-en-scène. Recent work includes: Feast (2012) at St. Marks-on-the-Bowery; Fatherland (2010); Wonder/Lust (2009) at HERE Arts Center. In 2010, Ondrejcak reperformed the work of Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present at MoMA. As a designer, Andrew creates large scale installations for fashion shows and photo shoots. Since 2003, Andrew has been a freelance lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art, where he focuses on painting and sculpture and specializes in programs for visitors with disabilities.
SHARA WORDEN received a BA in Opera from the University of North Texas and studied composition with Padma Newsome. Under the moniker My Brightest Diamond, she has released 3 albums on Asthmatic Kitty Records. In addition to pursuing her own compositions, she has collaborated with such artists as The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens and Matthew Barney. Worden has performed at Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and at Lincoln Center in an evening of her work for American Songbook Series.
Upcoming: Ondrejcak and Worden are collaborating with BOX (Baroque Orchestra, Generation X) on a new work to premiere at deSingel, Antwerp in 2013.