Four Electric Ghosts

  • Story/Music/Concept: Mendi + Keith Obadike
  • Choreography: Paloma McGregor, in collaboration with dancers
  • Stage Direction: Patricia McGregor
  • Animation/Projection Design: Yuki Nakajima
  • Scenic Design: Alexander Delaunay
  • Costume Design: Kate Cusack
  • Lighting Design: S. Ryan Schmidt
  • Photos By: Warren Chow

Four Electric Ghosts is a multimedia opera that extended Mendi + Keith Obadike's experiments with layered narratives, online performance and popular culture. Drawing from Amos Tutuola's novel 'My Life in the Bush of Ghosts' and the arcade game Pac-Man, the work created a composite world at the intersection of game culture, folktale and pop songs. The narrative evolved through masquerade, movement, and live music. The costume-collars differentiate the dancers in scenes. The collars were made from ordinary, manmade materials like plastic, insulation, and even disposable cutlery.

© 2015 Kate Cusack, Web design: David Balogh