is a 60 minute multidisciplinary theater work by Manual Cinema.
Bereaved of her twin sister Ava, septuagenarian Ada solitarily marks time in the patterns of a life built for two. However, a traveling carnival and a trip to a mirror maze plunges her into a journey across the thresholds of life and death.
Set in a landscape of the New England gothic, Ada/Ava uses a story of the fantastic and super natural to explore mourning and melancholy, self and other.
The soundtrack for ADA/ AVA was released on limited edition cassette tape by Teen River in February 2012.
“. . . this Chicago troupe is conjuring phantasms to die for in an unclassifiable story of spectral beauty called “Ada/Ava.”
- BEN BRANTLEY, New York Times Critic's Pick
“It’s been a long time since we’ve experienced craft, image and emotion blended together like this.”
- HELEN SHAW, Time Out New York Critic's Pick
Directed by Drew Dir
Sound Design and Original Score by Kyle Vegter and Ben Kauffman
Designed by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, and Julia Miller
Puppeteering By Lizi Breit, Sarah Fornace, Evan Garrett and Julia Miller
Music performed by Maren Celest, Michael Hilger, and Kyle Vegter