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Nature Theater of Oklahoma is one of the best ensemble theater companies in the world.”Bomb Magazine

Nature Theater of Oklahoma returns to NYU Skirball with a furious and over-the-top, tightly choreographed political grotesque that draws from almost everything on offer – all to the music of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.


It’s not easy being a security guard today, with mortal danger lurking around every corner. A public gathering such as a theater performance is a particularly seductive target for an attack. Which is why a security company has been hired – to make sure everyone stays safe. But is merely protecting ever enough, in a world where everything – even security – aspires to show business? Here, a small but successful security company, staffed with former actors, has been hired to protect a certain precious theater curtain – and behind it, whatever mystery it conceals. But things are about to get out of hand as the guards find themselves infiltrated by a rival security company composed of ex-ballet dancers, who are not only artistically more up to date, but also faster and cheaper, and who want to take over this important gig at any cost.


Nature Theater of Oklahoma is a New York based, award-winning art and performance group, under the direction of Pavol Liška and Kelly Copper. With each new project, they attempt to set an impossible challenge for themselves, the audience, and their collaborators – working from inside the codes and confines of established genres and exploding them. No two projects are formally the same, but the work is always full of humor, earnestness and rigor. Using readymade material, found space, gifted properties, cosmic accident, extreme formal manipulation and plain hard work, Nature Theater of Oklahoma makes art to affect a shift in the perception of everyday reality that extends beyond the site of performance and into the world in which we live.


2 hours and 10 minutes


Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s “No President” is a production by Ruhrtriennale & Düsseldorfer Playhouse.  With additional touring support provided by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, and commissioning support from Fischer Center LAB, the Fisher Center at Bard’s residency and commissioning program. NYU Skirball’s programs are made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; and the Howard Gilman Foundation; Van Cleef and Arpels; Collins Building Services; General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA; and Marta Heflin Foundation; as well as our valued donors through memberships, commissioning, and Allies for Arts Access Fund support.



Thu, Dec 5 @ 7:30pm

Fri, Dec 6 @ 7:30pm

Sat, Dec 7 @ 7:30pm

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