MA 間 - Negative Space
“Ma 間 –Negative Space” (1h, 11min) – The Secret Theatre, Long Island City, NYC, June, 2018
The production 'MA' was an exploration of the Japanese word 'MA', meaning Negative Space, or the space between time, occurring in the moment of “Now,” and in the imagination of the human being who experiences these elements.
The storyline of the production illustrated the ancient Mayan legend of Zopilote, a Vulture God who feasts on the newborn, as an exploration of the concept of 'MA' . Zopilote lives in balance between life and death, consuming the dead and giving birth to new life. When Zopilote devours the child of Subaru, a female Ninja, she creates a mortal enemy: a broken-hearted mother who will do anything to exact her revenge. Subaru makes it her mission to find and kill Zopilote, but at the same moment, in the Negative Space, she herself is being hunted by Scorpion, a Ninja assassin set on finding and killing her in retribution for her clan's murder of his own parents.
The cycle of revenge will unfold and blood will be spilled. Will Subaru find peace in her vengeance? Will Scorpion finally get retribution for the crimes of Subaru's clan against his own? Will Zopilote, the ancient and powerful Vulture God of the Mayans, allow the balance of life and death to be broken, or will they all learn the power of forgiveness and finally bury their hatred in the past? All will be answered in the space between time, the moment of Now, the Negative Space!