This...A Devised Performance
Jon Penick, Corey Smith, and Udita Upadhyaya
technical direction by Margaret L. Nelson
THIS is a collaboratively devised event playing with and within the boundaries of theatre.
Using music as a frame, the performance interweaves movement, text, and visual image
to explore vulnerability and uncertainty, memory and nostalgia, grief and love.
As our starting point, we took a quote from Brian Eno about conspiracy in music.
We began playing and experimenting with the notion of copies, covers, and translations
through various source material ranging from quantum physics, personal narrative, contemporary art, pop culture and beyond.
Unabashed singing, dance parties and humor -
THIS is an unsentimentally sentimental subversion and meditative deconstruction
of the stage's ability to represent, reproduce, and transmit genuine human emotion.
THIS is a messy collage. THIS is a hybridized essay.
THIS... was part of IN>TIME 16 Performance Festival, Feb. 5th - 8th, 2016 at Links Hall.
We shared a works-in-progress performance at Filament Theatre on Sept. 2nd, 2015 (with Mac Gerber).
Photo Credit: Sergio Soltero