Saturday, October 08, 2016

The Epic of Gilgamesh, October 19th, 2016 at Arts Court in Ottawa

Tackling the the earliest surviving great work of literature in a two-person storytelling performance is a memorable experience.  The Epic of Gilgamesh has its origins in the ancient Sumerian kingdom of Ur, around 2100 BCE. It survives in a variety of versions recorded on clay tablets between the 18th and the 10th century BCE. The epic tells the story of Gilgamesh, the godlike but flawed ruler of the city of Uruk, and his mighty friend Enkidu, who began life as a wild man ranging the hills and eating grass with the gazelles.
The story explores universal themes of hubris, friendship, mortality, and civilization versus wilderness. It also features gods, monsters, sex, dreams, violence, poetry, and a vivid evocation of the Underworld...  

Ottawa has a strong tradition of epic storytelling, and Jan Andrews has been at the heart of it. I'm proud to be collaborating with her on the development and performance of this show, presented by Ottawa StoryTellers.  We are both very pleased to have Armin Rahmanian providing music with a Mesopotamian flavour on the tar and the setar!

Tickets are $12 for students, $15 general, and $20 for arts supporters, and can be bought online from Arts Court without additional fees (hurray!). Follow this link.

Performed by Jan Andrews & Tom Lips
with Armin Rahmanian, musician

WEDNESDAY, October 19, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Arts Court Theatre2 Daly Ave, Ottawa