April 8, MMXIV

Heading to Toronto’s Luminato Festival

Today the Luminato Festival announced their 2014 lineup, including five performances of Saint Genet’s Paradisiacal Rites.  We are very excited to begin to prepare this difficult, beautiful work for it’s Canadian Premiere, June 10-14.

From Luminato’s website: “Paradisiacal Rites is artistic provocateur Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell’s most ambitious piece to date. A non-narrative exploration of American hysteria, nationalistic vanity and utopian fervour, Paradisiacal Rites examines the delirious final moments of The Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana, the madness attached to the Charles Manson murder trials, and manic derangement, through an obsessive commitment to the Oscars. It transforms elements of ballet, symphony, opera and installation into hypnotic and visceral performance. Everything and nothing is sacred.”

Paradisiacal Rites was co-commissioned by Luminato Festival (Toronto) and (Krems). It’s creation was also made possible with support from over 150 individuals through our USA Projects Fundraiser.

Saint Genet also thanks Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation for a USArtists International travel grant to help support our travel to Luminato.

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Read previous reviews of Paradisiacal Rites


Saint Genet MMXIII

Saint Genet: MMXIII from Saint Genet on Vimeo.
Saint Genet is proud to present a brief trailer of Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell’s re-creation of Christopher Burden’s Shoot, the 2 hour performance in Pioneer Square Nearly, Nearly Invisible, and Paradisiacal Rites at On the Boards.
Please be on the look out of the extended version produced in partnership with Northwest Film Forum.

A pre-dawn fever dream atop the Fischer Flour Mill

A Film by Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell and Wes Hurley from wes hurley on Vimeo.

This 5-minute short film created with the talented filmmaker Wes Hurley and directed by Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell, was shot in Seattle and features screen appearances by Mitchell, Alan Sutherland, Jessie Smith, Jim Kent, Matt Drews, Darren Dewse, Tom Chapel, Carl Lawrence, Kate Ryan, Lily Nguyen, NKO, Casey Curren and Kyle Gaston. Score by the talented musicians of Saint Genet, Garek Jon Druss & Brian Lawlor and Salo, from their work for our upcoming performance “Paradisaical Rites.”  The film screened on Sunday, March 17 MMXIII.
Film contains content for mature audiences