Lisa Fagan and Lena Engelstein

Deepe Darknesse

OFFSITE At Collapsable Hole, 155 Bank St, NY, NY
January 12-15
Co-presented with Collapsable Hole
JAN 12, 8:30PM
JAN 13, 6PM
JAN 14, 5PM
JAN 15, 4PM & 8PM

With maximalist movement, oddball humor, and unrelenting theatricality, Deepe Darknesse (pronounced dee-pee dark-ness-ay) is a physical theater performance combing dance, theater, and experimentation that will leave you breathless. Created by choreographers Lisa Fagan and Lena Engelstein, the show is a transmogrification regimen of their own design where they push their physical limits to the max and take the audience on a journey of curiosity, wonder, and the unexpected.

Deepe Darknesse is a Rube Goldberg machine of “curiositas improspera” or unhappy curiosity. The performers strive to become something “better” (a bird?), but their attempts backfire in unexpected ways. The show’s three worlds tangle into a Gordian knot, and just when you think you’ve seen it all, the underrated 1960s Italian songstress Cocki Mazzetti takes the stage, overshadowing the climax and leaving you wanting more.

Deepe Darknesse is an abacus whose beads slide between animal, machine, and person. The performers exert extreme effort and use hack rituals to push the needle towards their desired outcome. In a journey of self-discovery and exploration that touches the core of what it means to be human. Join us for a performance that will leave you awestruck, questioning, and laughing all at once.

Created And Performed By Lisa Fagan & Lena Engelstein With Performance By Hannah Mitchell

Lighting Design: Masha Tsimring & Christina Tang

Sound Design: Tei Blow

Songs: Stasera By Cocki Mazzetti, All Knowing Big God By Mother Cell, Tango Italiano By Cocki Mazzetti

Production Manager: Daniel Nelson

Props: Ana-Miren San Millan & Lily Guerin

Co-Produced By Immediate Medium

Dramaturgical Support: Alex Tatarsky, Morgan Green, Max Dana


Produced in association with Immediate Medium’s AGENCY program. This project was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.