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LULU XX (2019)


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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
performed by | Erika Latta
directed and designed by | Ivan Talijancic
costumes | Miodrag Guberinic
sound | Yiannis Christofides
video | programming+engineering: Jason Batcheller
video | cinematography+editing: Skye Morse-Hodgson
video | additional cinematography: Tasja Keetman
lights | Paul Hudson
stage magicians | Melody Bates, Niko Tsocanos

associate producer + performance coordinator | Sandy Cleary

media contact / press representation | John Wyszniewski / Everyman Agency, john@everymanagency.com, 347-416-3881

photography by Tasja Keetman




LULU XX premieres in September 2019

preview | Wed, September 18
opening night | Thu, September 19
closing night | Sat, September 28

Wednesdays and Thursdays | 7.30pm show
Fridays and Saturdays | 7.30pm + 10.00pm

tickets : luluxx.eventbrite.com | $20 (except September 18 preview, $15)

Development and creation of LULU XX has been made possible with funding support from: NEA/National Endowment for the Arts, NYSCA/New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the pantheon of WaxFactory’s Individual Donors. Production design support provided by the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York (A.R.T./New York.) Production/rehearsal residencies at hand2mouth theater (Portland, OR), Colgate University Department of Theater (Hamilton, NY), Moving Arts Exchange (Great Barrington, MA) and Barnard College Movement Lab (New York, NY.)




“…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