Opening Performance MOBY DICK; or, The Whale (2022)
February 20 – February 21, 2023
CBA Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid

Wu Tsang, "MOBY DICK; or, The Whale", Teatro Goldoni, Venezia, 2022. Photo: Enrico Fiorese.


TBA21 will stage the Spanish premiere of MOBY DICK; Or The Whale with the support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Madrid at Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, with live accompaniment by Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia. First performed at Schauspielhaus Zürich in 2022—which produced the work alongside Moved by the Motion—the work embarks upon a feature-length silent-film telling of Herman Melville’s great American novel Moby-Dick (1851).

MOBY DICK; or, The Whale embarks upon a feature-length silent-film. This adaptation, written by Sophia Al-Maria and directed by Tsang, is interwoven with “Extracts” by the Sub-Sub-Librarian, a character played by Fred Moten, and tackles the novel’s subterranean currents, encountering the resistance of the ship’s hydrarchy, or organizational structure, and collectives of “mariners, renegades, and castaways,” as described by historian CLR James. 

MOBY DICK; or, The Whale is produced by Schauspielhaus Zurich. TBA21–Academy is co-commissioning this work with LUMA Foundation, Superblue, Hartwig Art Foundation, The Shed, DE SINGEL and The Whitney Museum of American Art. With the kind support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Madrid.

Available tickets here
February 20, 2023, 8:30 pm
February 21, 2023, 12.00 pm
Teatro Fernando de Rojas. Círculo de Bellas Artes
English with spanish subtitles
75 min