un sphinx incompris produces art that embraces virtuosity, radical theatricality, music, and mystery. The company operates as an independent producing organization and aspires to be a curatorial platform.
The company works with artists who have a strong sense of style and an appetite to defy traditional boundaries of form, genre, and decorum. The company cultivates audiences who seek artistic experiences that inspire reflection and dialogue, public and private, about matters sacred and profane, eternal and urgent, wondrous and terrible.
In pursuit of these goals, un sphinx incompris focuses on three non-exclusive practices in theater and performance: theater that incorporates live original music; radical adaptations of canonical source material; and new translations of adventurous texts for the stage. As an aspiring curatorial platform, un sphinx incompris offers audiences context for engaging with the company’s work by producing exhibitions, catalogs, and media, especially documentary films, focused on live art, theater, and performance.
As an institution, un sphinx incompris pays every artist, and prioritizes artist compensation in its budget.
Artistic Director David Bruin founded un sphinx incompris in January 2017. The company produced its first work in June 2017: Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1 by Jeremy O. Harris, directed by Jesse Rasmussen, at Ars Nova's ANT FEST.
In May 2018, un sphinx incompris will produce the world premiere production of Singlet by Erin Markey, directed by Jordan Fein, at the Bushwick Starr. A month later, the company will produce a night of work-in-progress, including an untitled project co-created by Jesse Rasmussen and David Bruin, with original music by Fern Mayo, and Federico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding, translated by Nahuel Telleria, directed by Whitney White. This presentation will take place at Spectrum in Brooklyn, and it will be an essential step in the journey of these shows toward a world premiere production.