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This ‘Dream Wedding’ is a real trip down the aisle

Suzanne Watts in ‘Dream Wedding’ by FABUM. (Jacqueline Thomas /FABUM)

On May 30, you’re invited to witness the union of a bride and her subconscious.

Dream Wedding,” a site-specific, immersive theater piece by the D.C. arts organization FABUM, might begin like a typical wedding, but instead of a trip down the aisle, it’s a trip through a bride’s dreams, hopes and fears.

Written and directed by Jameson Freeman, “Dream Wedding” incorporates Jungian psychology and Greek mythology to examine the way marriage changes and enlightens a person.

“I think when a person is approaching marriage and thinking about marriage, it’s a very vulnerable thing,” Freeman says.

Freeman knows that all too well. He is engaged, and preparing for his marriage unified his thoughts about what was originally going to be a non-narrative movement performance. (Freeman and his fiance, choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess, have not set a date.)

“In creating [the bride], obviously the moment that she’s in is a similar moment that I’m in,” he says. “Applying the wedding theme came from my own subconscious, but it ties the idea of dream performance together.”

Wedding guests (a.k.a. the audience) will walk through the Arts Club of Washington — a popular venue for real weddings — with each room representing parts of the bride’s mind.

Freeman plays the shadow, a Jungian concept to describe an aspect of one’s personality that one does not accept or realize.

“I find the theme of self-actualization really interesting,” Freeman says. “Now that I’m approaching the point where I’m going to be a husband, I think it’s important to be as self-realized as possible before you take that next step to a union.”

There’s no dress code, but Freeman says he hopes the “guests” will be inspired to play along — it is prime wedding season, after all.

“I would say dress dolce, stylishly,” he says.

Dream Wedding

Thursday and June 20 at 7 p.m. at the Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. $20, $15 for artists and students.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts.
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