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The Martin E. Segal Theater Center presents

Die Kinder der Toten

At the Segal Theatre Film and Performance Festival 2024

A film by

Nature Theater of Oklahoma:Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska

Theater, Film

This film will be screened in-person on May 20th and also be available to watch online on the festival website May 16th onwards for a period of 3 weeks.

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Nature Theater of Oklahoma ventures the impossible: creating a film version of Elfriede Jelinek’s 666 page novel “Die Kinder der Toten”, an (as yet) untranslated German language masterpiece in which all the main characters are all undead, mute zombies…

In September 2017 directors Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska worked on location in the Styrian mountainside town of Neuberg am der Murz with local citizens, farmers, grocers, brass bands, the fire department — even mountain rescue! — to stage some pretty awesome participatory theater, and eventually create what is sure to be a one-of-a-kind supernaturally super 8 film…

Produced by Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion Vienna 2019 in collaboration with Steirischer Herbst 2017 Cast Andrea Maier, Greta Kostka, Klaus Unterrieder, Georg Beyer i. a. Written, Filmed, Directed and Edited by Kelly Copper & Pavol Liska Producer Ulrich Seidl Artistic Collaboration Claus Philipp Co-Edited by Michael Palm Supervising Sound Designer Matz Müller Re-Recording Tobias Fleig Composer Wolfgang Mitterer Line Producer Georg Aschauer, Daniela Trauner Production Managers Jakob Schwighofer, Teresa-Saija Wieser Producer USFP Claus Philipp, Georg Aschauer

About The Artist(s)

 Nature Theater of Oklahoma:Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska

Nature Theater of Oklahoma is an award-winning New York art and performance enterprise under the direction of Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper. With each new project, we attempt to set an impossible challenge for ourselves, the audience, and our collaborators — working from inside the codes and confines of established genres and exploding them. No two projects are formally the same, but the work is always full of humor, earnestness, rigor, and the audience plays an essential role -- whether as spectators or - just as often - as participants in the work.

Using readymade material, found space, gifted properties, cosmic accident, extreme formal manipulation and plain hard work — Nature Theater of Oklahoma makes art to affect a shift in the perception of everyday reality that extends beyond the site of performance and into the world in which we live.

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