La Bestia: Sweet Mother at Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival, September 2014
La Bestia: Sweet Mother was developed as a LABA Fellow at the 14th Street Y in 2014, and premiered at Theater for the New City's "Dream-Up Festival" in September 2014.
La Bestia: Sweet Mother is an ongoing, multi-media exploration of the earliest creation myths. Inspired by the foundational texts of the Babylonians, Egyptians, Mayans, Jewish Bible and other civilizations, this work explores the knife's edge between creation and destruction.
La Bestia: Sweet Mother tells the story of three mothers, each of whom create life, as well as destroy it. Told as myth, a story within a story, La Bestia brings together the timeless and the particular. The musical component, composed by both Desireé Miller (cello) and Becca Weiss (singer) underscores the action, while the dancer (Dina Smirnova) deepens the meaning of the tale. The score pays homage not only to medieval troubadours, but also jazz, classical, Middle Eastern and even absurdist styles.
The title comes from La Bestia freight train (also known as "the Train of Death"), which refers to a network of Mexican freight trains that are utilized by U.S.- bound migrants to more quickly traverse the length of Mexico. This mode of travel is extremely dangerous.