NUFONIA MUST FALL
'AN EVOLUTIONARY EXPANSION INTO THE FUTURE OF THEATER'
A silent film created live on stage each night, through the use of puppets, dramatically lit miniature sets, 5 cameras & live video editing. Scored by Kid Koala & the Afiara Quartet.
A tone-deaf robot, fearful of his growing obsolescence, tries to woo an office worker with his love songs in prolific producer and turntablist Kid Koala’s (Gorillaz, Deltron 3030) bold adaptation of his tender, and entirely wordless, 2003 graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall. Collaborating with Oscar-nominated production designer K.K. Barrett (Her, Lost in Translation, Being John Malkovich), Kid Koala enlists a team of puppeteers to stage the circuit-bent amoré, filtered through the stylized lighting and cinematography of DP AJ Korkidakis, with the footage edited in real time, resulting in a live silent film. Kid Koala provides the mesmerizing original score, performed by the polymath himself on turntables and keyboards alongside the strings of the Afiara Quartet.
'IT’S INSANE! AT EACH AND EVERY MOMENT: MOVING, ORIGINAL, AND DEEPLY INSPIRING. ONE OF THE GREAT ENTERTAINMENTS OF THE YEAR.”
AJ Korkidakis, Director of Photography
As a co-creator of the show, AJ has been involved with Nufonia since it's inception, collaborating with the puppet and set designers to create a grayscale retro-futurist noire live film. Beyond being tasked with the cinematography & lighting, AJ also had to build the technical workflow for the video department, building a system that served the show's unique and wide ranging needs in a way that would interface with venue specs worldwide.
Nufonia Must Fall remains on tour after 3 years of performances worldwide. From Brooklyn's storied BAM theatre, to NYU's campus in Abu Dhabi, to the Shanghai Theatre Academy, to Hamburg's Kampnagel festival, crowds around the world continue to be charmed by this groundbreaking show.
'MUSIC, CINEMATOGRAPHY, AND PUPPETRY COME TOGETHER IN THIS MAGIC TRICK OF THE HEART.'
- JASON REITMAN