In 1905, while performing in Victorien Sardou's melodrama La Tosca, the renowned French actress Sarah Bernhardt jumped from a balcony in the final scene, sustaining an injury that some believe contributed to the loss of her right leg. In this kaleidoscopic music-theatre exploration of the life of Sarah Bernhardt and the story of Tosca, acclaimed stage director JoAnne Akalaitis joins forces with musician Nora York and playwright David Greenspan to examine the making of art and the passion that inspires it. Jump interweaves Bernhardt’s autobiographical writings, scenes from Sardou’s play, and arias from Puccini’s Tosca with York’s original song inventions. Photo Credit: Stephanie Berger

In 1905, while performing in Victorien Sardou's melodrama La Tosca, the renowned French actress Sarah Bernhardt jumped from a balcony in the final scene, sustaining an injury that some believe contributed to the loss of her right leg. In this kaleidoscopic music-theatre exploration of the life of Sarah Bernhardt and the story of Tosca, acclaimed stage director JoAnne Akalaitis joins forces with musician Nora York and playwright David Greenspan to examine the making of art and the passion that inspires it. Jump interweaves Bernhardt’s autobiographical writings, scenes from Sardou’s play, and arias from Puccini’s Tosca with York’s original song inventions.


Photo Credit: Stephanie Berger


Jump

Performed and Composed by Nora York
Directed by JoAnne Akalaitis
Written by David Greenspan

USA (New York)

UTR 2011 - The Public