Mata Hari is an exploration of love and survival of the famous woman whose exploits in espionage took her back and forth across WWI Europe and ultimately made her a scapegoat. The piece pushes operatic form with its electro-acoustic instrumentation, mixed vocal styles, manipulated video design, and clever melding of historical materials. Languishing in a Paris prison during the final months of her life, Mata Hari relives her tempestuous relationships with the men who loved and loathed her, and ultimately destroyed her.
Mata Hari was commissioned and developed by HERE through the HERE Artist Residency Program. The world premiere is produced for PROTOTYPE by HERE and Beth Morrison Projects. Additional developmental support provided by Baruch Performing Arts Center.
Mata Hari is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Photos by Paula Court.
Mata Hari: Tina Mitchell
Sister Léonide: Mary MacKenzie
Cpt. Bouchardon: Jeffrey Gavett
Cpt. Ladoux: Daniel Neer
Rudolf MacLeod/Col. Denvignes: Steve Hrycelak
Vadime/Spirit of Norman: Tomás Cruz
Col. Von Kalle: Joshua Jeremiah
Guitar/Banjo: James Moore
Piano/Keyboard: Mila Henry
Violin: Helen Yee
Accordion: Kamala Sankaram
Technical Director: Carl Whipple
Master Electrician: Betsy Chester
Wig & Wardrobe Supervisor: Kimberly Lennox