Towards a Mythic Theatre…
The Mythic Theatre Collective aims to create works of theatrical and interdisciplinary art that employ mythic imagery, metaphor and/or narrative elements in an effort to produce content that is both intercultural and intersocial. This results in creative works that are generative and regenerative for artist, audience and community…ultimately resulting in a powerful, hybrid artistic form that has the potential to foster timely vision, engagement, discourse and – ultimately – positive transformation.
The concept of mythic theatre, as well as the collective, developed naturally from the work of theatre artist, producer and educator Wilfredo Hernandez, in his work towards his M.A. (Directing & Producing Theatre, ’13) at NYU’s Gallatin School of Indvidualized Study. As Artistic Director of the collective, Hernandez is continuing to experiment with thepossibilities of myth in performance. Heavily influenced and inspired by the collective works of mythologist Joseph Campbell, he also cites Anne Bogart’sViewpoints & Composition and Richard Schechner’s Performance Theoryand Rasaesthetics as foundational to his conception of mythic theatre as a viable and transcendant new form – one that is capable of addressing the hopes, needs and ideas of an entirely new generation and culture of theatre practitioners and audiences. Mythic Theatre has the ability to reinvent the classically inherited concept of the theatron from “seeing place” to “meeting place.”