Brooklyn Babylon


Sept. 4, 2015
Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia

  Nov. 13, 2015
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Urbana, Illinois

PAST DATES: June 24, 2013
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Holland Festival

9-12 November 2011
BAM Harvey Theater
Brooklyn, NY

22 October 2011
The Performing Arts Center
Purchase College, NY

Conjuring the baroque majesty of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and the gritty social narrative of Walker Evans’ photography, acclaimed graphic artist Danijel Zezelj's animation brings the rich visual imagery of Brooklyn Babylon to life. Each frame is painted by Zezelj on a large wood panel, then digitally captured, processed and sequenced into an animated film, projected onto a giant scrim. This innovative technique gives the animation a feel that is simultaneously hand-crafted and elegantly contemporary. Over the course of the performance, Zezelj also live-paints a vast cityscape, visible between animated chapters, which gradually fills a 30 by 4 feet canvas.