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BAM - Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217


Ended 29 Jun 2014 after 7 days

Baryshnikov and Dafoe are superb, managing to wring the pathos out of each of their bizarre encounters. We leave the theatre like awestruck victims of a magic trick, asking ourselves: how did they do that?

Financial Times

Closed 29 Jun 2014

About The Old Woman

The Old Woman is production like no other - a surreal and absurd theatre experience, part drama, part dance, part illusion. The roles of the two characters who are forced to deal with a less-than-accommodating house guest are played by Willem Dafoe and Mikhail Baryshnikov, the latter a renown dancer and choreographer who trained at the New York City Ballet.

Exceptionally innovative visual design and highly unexpected acting by these stars of the stage and screen makes The Old Woman a one-of-a-kind theatre experience - not to mention a unique opportunity to witness two great performers do something quite different with their respective art forms.

US Premiere

The narrative is based on the recently uncovered writings of Daniil Kharms, a Russian poet and author with a similar writing style to Beckett and Kafka. The production was conceptualised and created by Robert Wilson.

Prior to this US premiere, The Old Woman has been performed at theatre festivals in England, Italy, Belgium and France. It will run at the Gilman Opera House as part of the BAMs 2013/2014 season for only eight performances.

Additional Information


Opening night: 22 June 2014

Closing night: 29 June 2014

Run time

One hour and 40 minutes long

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