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Creation, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

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Nearly 70 years after its premiere, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari continues to attract theatrical adapters. It’s not hard to see why. Structured and staged like a Jacobean revenge tragedy, the silent movie displays a dramatic range that is practically Shakespearean, from moments of supernatural horror to the larger allegorical theme of institutional power run amok. Interwoven with these classically theatrical elements are a feverish Weimar psychosexual angst and an Expressionist mise-en-scène that give this unusual art-film period piece the appearance of a quintessentially modern myth.

As a conceptually controlled melodrama, the movie made perfect material for Creation, a collaborative theater ensemble that combines dance, music, and architecture in their mixed-media theatrical productions. The company’s staged version, adapted and directed by Creation member Susan Mosakowski, was an amazingly

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