LULU XX (2019)
At the turn of the 20th century, German playwright Frank Wedekind imagined Lulu, an elusive heroine as puzzling and indestructible as his relentless search for quintessence of the “other” sex. As complex as the pandemonium of female archetypes invented throughout history, she manifested herself as the definitive embodiment of the eternal strife to reconcile the worlds of male and female genders.
At the turn of the 21st century – in 1999 – having just co-founded WaxFactory, Ivan Talijancic and Erika Latta, turned their attention to LULU, as their first formal collaboration. While their initial investigation was presented as a work-in-progress in New York, the work had officially premiered and toured overseas only.
In 2019, WaxFactory celebrates its 20th anniversary with LULU XX, a new cross-media performance, devised by the company's co-founders. Our production, inspired by Wedekind's timeless female protagonist, challenges the idolatry and misogyny of the male gaze in artistic representation of women, exposing its conflicting tendencies. Inspired by the momentum of feminist protest, we revisit the unapologetic heroine, asking new questions about agency, representation and violence in the contemporary world.
co-creators | Ivan Talijancic + Erika Latta
LULU XX premieres in September 2019
“…visually stunning (…)Lulu XXis one of the most complex and intelligent solutions to The Lulu Problem I’ve seen.”_Review by Jonathan Kalb at TheaterMatters
"LULU XX is a benchmark for what theater can and should be"
_Review in Vocal.Media
_Brooklyn Rail interview with Anne Bogart and WaxFactory
_Culturebot interview with Vallejo Gantner
_BroadwayWorld interview with Ivan Talijancic
_Hollywood Soapbox interview with Ivan Talijancic