ARIAH LESTER exposes his search of identity as a superstar, the impact of migration, cultural intercourse, spiritual DNA heritage and the exploration of his supernatural powers.
THE GATE is a choreography for 4 dancers, a live concert, a theatre play, eye-catching visuals and some #fakeituntilyoumakeitopera. In a minimalist, modern, queer, afro-caribbean, operatic version of something that could be like Cinderella, The Sound of the Music or The Matrix, LESTER brings his own story, in his own way, with that mix of humour, drama and virtuosity that characterizes his work.
Inspired by Joseph Campbell’s The Hero of Thousand Faces, THE GATE is a story about finding the Supernatural within. LESTER tries to find a way (like in Hollywood movies or Broadway musicals) in which his personal story can become universal, like a sort of tale, for everyone to learn about something. With THE GATE, ARIAH takes us on board in his personal journey from Venezuela to The Netherlands, from Lester Arias to ARIAH LESTER. Lester creates a ritual in which he morphs into the Hero, into the materialization of his own Dream, into ARIAH, into you.
THE GATE is the last piece of a trilogy. The first work was HOUSE, a piece about feeling prisoner of a life that doesn’t match your desires; a sense of impossibility and using your imagination to reconnect yourself to your inner power; to make a bridge between your inner and outer world to create a shift. A second work, WHITE [ARIANE], traced the spiritual-biological heritage that Lester brought with him to Europe (the luggage). With the words of a journal that his mother wrote for him/her while she was pregnant, he created a fairytale fantasy world where he became a monster in order to save himself and his family; to brake the wall that blocks more than three generations from moving forward and accomplishing their dreams.