Based on fragments of imagery on ancient clay pots, Dionysia delves into the ritualistic, unstable, and sometimes hilarious behavior of an Appalachian choir. The work draws upon Greek mythology, and early American folklore. Performed only three times, Dionysia is Poor Dog Group's hidden gem with oodles of technology, cars, pianos, 44 foot babies, gallons of milk, pine coffins, wine sacks, cooked meat, and audience participation.
This project was generously supported and commissioned by EMPAC and was presented as part of the Fall Season.
Created by Poor Dog Group
Produced by Poor Dog Group in partnership with EMPAC
Performed by Jonney Ahmanson, Brad Culver, Andrew Gilbert, Cat Ventura, Jessica Emmanuell, Jesse Saler, and John Kern
Concept, Text, and Direction by Jesse Bonnell
Scenic Design by Efren Delgadillo
Sound Design by Andrew Gilbert and Justin Sachs
Lighting Design by Justin Sachs, Chris Kuhl, and Adam Hunter
Sound Engineering by Justin Sachs
Video Design by Grant McDonald
Production Management by Itamar Stern