Exclusive – Mata Hari – The Beauty, The Execution, The Play Part I

exclusiveIf you’ve heard the name Mata Hari but weren’t familiar with who she was, this play will help to fill in all those blanks.

Directed by Rachel Peake and starring Sinziana Corozel, it runs March 31 – April 3rd at Studio 16.

Rachel and Sinziana were most generous in meeting with me to explain how the inception came about.

“Together we co-wrote the play two years ago. Although we were both fans of Mata Hari we had different perceptions of her. One was familiar with the story of her being executed for being an alleged spy at the age of 42 and the other was familiar with her giving birth to burlesque.”

This play attempts to tell the truth through the art of physical dance.

Along with Sinziana’s performance, she will be joined on the stage by two other performers, Scott Augustine and Shane Snow. They also helped to develop the play through the Boca del Lupo micro performance series and the BC Arts Council.

Music will be provided by Mark Haney on standing bass.

Sarah Mabberley supplies set design and costume design.

The play is entirely spoken in French but there will be English subtitles projected onto the stages backdrop.

Rachel tells me that the story is told through the action and it’s not necessary to understand French to understand the story.

Based on true events, Mata Hari was Margaretha Geertruida Zelle Macleod’s stage name. For tickets visit Eventbrite.

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