Luther Visual and Performing Arts to present 'A Tragedy Like Macbeth' in collaboration with Luther Professor Mark Z. Muggli

"A Tragedy Like Macbeth," a dance work based on William Shakespeare's Macbeth, will be presented Nov. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 in Luther College's Center for the Arts.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 10, 15, and 16 with an additional matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. All performances will be held in the Jewel Theatre

Tickets for the performance are $10 and are available at the Luther Box Office, telephone (563) 387-1357 or [email protected], open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The performance is a collaborative event between Luther's English and Visual and Performing Arts departments.

In 2011 Luther Professor of English Mark Z. Muggli received the Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor Award. The professorship is a two-year award given to a member of the Luther faculty who honors the values and traditions of the humanities, engages significant issues in a humanities discipline, demonstrates the ability to nurture the intellectual life of students and provides academic leadership to the humanities.

Muggli had a vision of using his Jones Professorship project to break through the clichés about Shakespeare and reconnect with the wide-ranging impact of his work. It was with this idea that Muggli approached Luther Professor of Dance Jane Hawley and they began collaborating on the "A Tragedy Like Macbeth" project.

The performance is based on 10 scenes that take place in two parts titled, "Losing Footing, Gaining Power" and "Losing Power, Gaining Wisdom." The goal by the end of the performance is for the audience to feel the sorrow and compassion that is conveyed through dance about the story of Macbeth. The movement, scene and lighting designs, sounds and costumes all convey the concept of the title and the image of the scene.

While Muggli worked as the playwright for the performance, Hawley developed specific movement scores for the performers to learn and replicate. The performers took this choreography and continued to construct more movements to fit their bodies, characters and the images of each specific scene.

The event will include a 30-minute pre-performance installation in the atrium of the Center for Fine Arts. This installation is designed by students in Hawley's "Movement Fundamentals III: Practices of Vocabulary and Intention" and performed by 7 dance artists.  Luther junior Dylan Carlson worked with Muggli and Hawley to compose original music for the pre-performance installation as well as five of the 10 scenes.

The production is also made possible by collaboration with Lisa Lantz, Luther assistant professor of theatre, managing costume design; Tom Berger, technical director of the theatre; and Jeff Dintaman, Luther professor of theatre, managing lighting for the performance.

"A Tragedy Like Macbeth"