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CANCELLED – Aristos, the Epic of Achilles and Patroclus
April 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
One event on April 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm
At this time, HaoExpression has cancelled their upcoming performances. Read more here.
A musical movement theater performance that unfolds the mythical romance of Achilles and Patroclus against the backdrop of the Trojan War.
Torn between loyalty to his comrades and desperate love for a boy he no longer recognizes, the young soldier Patroclus makes a fateful choice that changes the course of the Trojan War for good.
HaoExpression Performing Arts Studio’s eighth major production, ARISTOS: THE MUSICAL, sings the love story of doomed heroes Achilles and Patroclus. Adapted from The Iliad, Aristos is written by Muse Lee (book and songs) and Aaron Reed (orchestrations and arrangements), who met as freshmen at Stanford University. The dance/movements are scored by Hao Bach-Thai Lueckhoff based on the Tamalpa Life/Art Process® methods by Anna Halprin and Daria Halprin.
Aristos began as a one-time collaboration the summer after Lee’s graduation. However, the new work swiftly generated social media buzz, connecting the writers to young NorCal theatre lovers who eagerly contributed their talents to developing the new musical. HaoExpression Studio has collaborated with this growing youth team and is proud to present the very first production of Aristos!
Aristos features 20 cast members and five live musicians, ranging from ages 7 to 23 and come from as far as Oakland and Sacramento. The production also showcases original set and costumes designed by teenage artists Ruby Chan-Frey and Emmary Jones. As a plaintive love story, a retelling of a classic poem, and a paean to the twilight years of childhood, Aristos is suitable for mythology lovers and theatregoers of all ages*.
To follow the show’s journey, visit @aristosmusical on Instagram and Tumblr.
Runtime: 2 hours (including intermission)
This production is dedicated to the memory of Norah Borus.
*Note: Aristos is adapted from Homer’s Iliad and addresses the themes covered therein. Like many previous HaoExpression productions, this show is foregrounded on the horror of war, which in this case includes grief, major character death, and implications of violence. However, as in all our productions, serious topics are presented in a sensitive, poetic, and imaginative fashion accessible to all ages. Rather than staging crude representations that shock and disturb, we intend to offer thoughtful artistic interpretations that can serve a safe starting point for discussions of difficult subject matter.