IMPACT Senior Ensemble presents a series of new works based on The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen, directed by Ari Palani.
The Emperor’s New Clothes is a well-known enduring short story made popular in the Western zeitgeist by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. Also known under many other names through various cultures across the East, the core of this tale is the same: an Emperor who is concerned with the image of his power hires two weavers who promise to clothe him in the finest garments which are only visible to those who are “worthy,” a lie that grows as any and all who obviously cannot see these clothes perpetuates a collective denial. The story culminates as the emperor wears these so-called clothes and parades through his town completely naked, at which point a child speaks what everyone has been denying – “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!”
The tale provides a platform for satirical and political commentary on many aspects of contemporary society, and the role of young people inside of those narratives - an exciting stimulus for this years ensemble to explore and create a collection of works within a larger narrative.