Norwegian collaborative Verdensteatret presents the U.S. Premiere of louder, a highly experimental audiovisual installation that incorporates video art, sculptural scenery, puppetry, and live music at The Festival Bar’s black box theater (626 North 5th Street) located in Northern Liberties. (Word is, it’s visually stunning and damn loud, but you’ll get ear plugs.) Last winter, Verdensteatret sailed Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, the same river that plays the veins and arteries around the heart of darkness in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. Inspired by their journey, louder is a symphonic collage of music and visual art: massive video projections of the Vietnamese countryside play as Soviet-era megaphones hurl sound in all directions. Gaping puppet jaws chase flocks of small metal figures across the room. An enormous mechanical spider looms over the scene. Using sculptural scenography, mesmerizing generators of sound and technological relics of a bygone era, Verdensteatret creates a spectacular universe that unites concert, art and theater. (9/11 – 9/13 at 10pm)

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