Coming up next, the Fox & Beggar Theater will return to the stage with The Aleph, a breathtaking production once more operating at the nexus of dance, theater, and circus.
The Aleph is a cirque poétique homage to the metaphysical and surreal writings of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. In a cellar in Buenos Aires, a poet discovers a singular point in space that contains all other points. Anyone who gazes into it can see everything in the universe from every angle simultaneously, without distortion, overlapping, or confusion. In a cerebral journey that traverses time, space, and South American history, The Aleph continuously plays with the audience’s perceptions of conventional theater by refusing to offer a clear narrative. The result is a stunning collage of puppetry, choreography, storytelling, costumes, and acrobatics– all contained within the strange and elusive city of 1930’s Buenos Aires.
“On the back part of the step, toward the right, I saw a small iridescent sphere of almost unbearable brilliance. At first I thought it was revolving; then I realized that this movement was an illusion created by the dizzying world it bounded. The Aleph’s diameter was probably little more than an inch, but all space was there, actual and undiminished. Each thing (a mirror’s face, let us say) was infinite things, since I distinctly saw it from every angle of the universe. I saw the teeming sea; I saw daybreak and nightfall; I saw the multitudes of America; I saw a silvery cobweb in the center of a black pyramid; I saw a splintered labyrinth (it was London); I saw, close up, unending eyes watching themselves in me as in a mirror; I saw all the mirrors on earth and none of them reflected me; I saw in a backyard of Soler Street the same tiles that thirty years before I’d seen in the entrance of a house in Fray Bentos; I saw bunches of grapes, snow, tobacco, lodes of metal, steam; I saw convex equatorial deserts and each one of their grains of sand…”