The Eye of the Beholder (Work-in-Progress)

Victorian Mexican Indigenous mezzo soprano Julia Pastrana was billed as “The Ugliest Woman in the World.” A title given to her by her manager-husband Theodore Lent, she was exhibited by him and others in the United States and Europe during her life and after her death for 150 years. Chronicling 10 years of work to have Pastrana’s body repatriated to Mexico for burial, the renowned artist Laura Anderson Barbata conducts audiences through a series of stories, exercises, and thought experiments towards an experience of radical empathy and a re-examination of the value of a human life.

Composed of elements of TED Talk, flash workshop sessions, dance, music, and multimedia, The Eye of the Beholder is a participatory performance mashup asking audiences to close their eyes and see (re-envision) the world from a different place.

Created and Written by Laura Anderson Barbata
Developed with and Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Multimedia Design by Katherine Freer

The Eye of the Beholder was developed at Amphibian Stage Productions, 2018.











When: Fri., February 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Where: BRIC
647 Fulton St.
718-683-5600
Price: $8 Adv / $12 Day of Show
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Victorian Mexican Indigenous mezzo soprano Julia Pastrana was billed as “The Ugliest Woman in the World.” A title given to her by her manager-husband Theodore Lent, she was exhibited by him and others in the United States and Europe during her life and after her death for 150 years. Chronicling 10 years of work to have Pastrana’s body repatriated to Mexico for burial, the renowned artist Laura Anderson Barbata conducts audiences through a series of stories, exercises, and thought experiments towards an experience of radical empathy and a re-examination of the value of a human life.

Composed of elements of TED Talk, flash workshop sessions, dance, music, and multimedia, The Eye of the Beholder is a participatory performance mashup asking audiences to close their eyes and see (re-envision) the world from a different place.

Created and Written by Laura Anderson Barbata
Developed with and Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Multimedia Design by Katherine Freer

The Eye of the Beholder was developed at Amphibian Stage Productions, 2018.

Buy tickets/get more info now