LBO Presents “From Paris to Zanzibar,” A Special Afternoon Celebrating the Surrealist Movement

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On February 26, 2012, as a prelude to LBO’s March double bill of surreal comedies, Francis Poulenc’s Breasts of Tiresias and Bohuslav Martinu’s Tears of a Knife, Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek will lead an expedition to the Golden Age of Surrealism, “From Paris to Zanzibar.” Ticket holders will be encouraged to leave their preconceptions at the theater door and be prepared to unleash the creative power of their collective imagination.

Beginning at 12:00 PM at the Art Theatre of Long Beach, the event includes large doses of audience participation in games, poetry making, and literary juxtapositions of the abstract kind. Excerpts from the March operas will be sung by LBO cast members and actors from Panndora Productions will tell stories and present puzzles of the period.

During the afternoon, participants will learn about the roots of the Surrealist movement in Paris and how its influence quickly spread around the world. Breaking with what they considered the restraints of traditional art forms and the bounds of realism, surrealists searched for a place which Andre Breton defined as being a point, “where life and death, the real and imaginary, the past and the future…cease to be perceived as contradictions.” Freedom of thought was celebrated and ideas were not constrained by preconceived notions of order or rationality.

From Paris to Zanzibar will explore why a day is “like a woman bathing nude at nightfall;” an inordinate love for jam inevitably leads to a sticky suicide; and both the Heart and Death come with sets of instructions. Contradictions abound and, on February 26th, the “normal” will give way to the surrealist world of dreams and invention.

From Paris to Zanzibar – A Nonsensical Afternoon is Sunday, February 26, 2012 from 12 Noon to 2:00 pm at the Art Theatre of Long Beach, 2025 East 4th Street, Long Beach 90814.

Tickets for the event are $20 ($15 for subscribers.) Call 562-432-5934 or purchase online at


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