Baltimore-born director / choreographer Martha Clarke's Vienna: Lusthaus (revisited) opens a one-week run at Washington's Kennedy Center on Tuesday. Winner of a 1986 Obie Award, the show is set in early 20th century Vienna and uses music (by Richard Peaslee), text (by Charles L. Mee), dance and imagery (suggested by the work of Viennese painters Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt) to depict a society on the verge of dissolution.
Seen in its original incarnation at the Kennedy Center in 1986, the work was an eerie, dream-like intermingling of sexuality and war, Freud and Hitler. The current version played a hit engagement at off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop last spring and summer. Clarke is a 1990 MacArthur "genius grant" recipient and was one of the original members of the dance troupe Pilobolus.