Jesse's role : Director, Co-creator
Project : Interactive theater experience
"Once upon a time, many years ago, we promised to never grow up. We would never care about grass stains, a chipped tooth, or gum in our hair. We’d go to sleep whenever, wherever we’d want, make friends with anybody we’d like, always have candy before dinner, and never have those boring, unimportant adult conversations. Little did we know then about heartaches, layoffs, or the death of dear friends, and chances are, if someone had told us, we’d have kept that dear promise more than we have.
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it,” wrote J.M. Barrie on his famous children’s novel “Peter Pan” (1911), and this time we better listen. From Wednesday to Saturday, a collective of international actors, artists, dancers, and even a puppeteer will come together to remind us of the unbridled joy, innocence, and imagination of childhood days with their interactive, walk-in theatre performance Now Now Neverland. Over the last months, the artists have loosely created a piece around Barrie’s darling Peter Pan fairytale, and have turned Neukölln’s Colonia Nova space into an imaginatively designed Neverland, for continuous performances during which visitors are welcome to engage, interact, and choose their own personal adventure into a world where nobody will ever truly grow up."
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About the project:
Now! Now! Neverland! is an immersive theatrical event based on J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Developed and devised with 15 artists over one month, the experiment engages the games and rituals of Home and Neverland, inviting everyone to make believe.
Originally performed at Colonia Nova, Berlin, July 2013.