Though he’ll certainly get more attention this year for his Meryl Streep-starring tragicomedy “Ricki and the Flash,” Jonathan Demme has some other intriguing projects in the pipeline worth checking out.
One of those projects is a filmed live performance of “Another Telepathic Thing,” the dance-theater performance piece that premiered to great acclaim a little over a decade ago.
The production’s synopsis reads: “Inspired by Mark Twain’s morality tale ‘The Mysterious Stranger,’ ‘Another Telepathic Thing’ is a prismatic and complex dance-theater parable. At once cynical and spiritual, the work centers on a charismatic stranger whose visit shatters the peace of a mythic hamlet. The medieval setting is echoed by a contemporary Hollywood reality, with a script that braids Twain’s sublime writing with ‘found’ text from years of auditions. It culminates in a subtle and startling exploration of the fragility of our human condition.” The piece is directed by Paul Lazar and co-directed and choreographed by Annie-B Parson.
This minute-long tease is as mysterious, haunting and involving as the premise suggests, promising a fascinating change-of-pace for one of the best filmmakers around.
“Another Telepathic Thing” screens at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York on June 8. Watch the trailer above.