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Performance Lab » INVERSE Performance Art Festival
Join us for a night of performance at Crystal Bridges! Performance Lab and INVERSE Performance Art Festival present works by Paul Rucker, Darryl Lauster, and Jil Guyon. An informal discussion between artists and guests will take place at the coffee bar following the performances. Performances begin promptly at 7:30 pm in Early Twentieth-Century Art Gallery.
The Crystal Bridges performance is free for INVERSE festival registrants only by presenting confirmation ticket. Visit www.inverseperformanceartfestival.org to learn more.
Stories From the Trees is a multi-disciplinary performance by visual artist, composer, and musician Paul Rucker. The work features Rucker performing a live soundtrack on cello to animated re-imaginings of vintage lynching postcards. Based on one survey, 4,742 African Americans were murdered by lynching between 1882 and 1968. The performance will bring to life the different lynching scenarios, examining the places where communities gathered with women and children to proudly watch these atrocities. The images shown in the performance will suggest those of postcards that were made as common practice from photographs of lynchings. Many of these postcards are from the personal collection of the artist and will be on view during the show.
Declaration is a live performance wherein a man, appearing either incarcerated or committed, projects a monologue filled with hateful, apocalyptic rhetoric, synthesized language from the Old Testament, American foundational documents, and militia manifestos. His actions beget issues such as psychological instability, predilections to violence, and xenophobia that have become tied to contemporary American factions in the present day.
Desert Widow investigates the dark recesses of the female psyche using live solo performance, large scale video projection, chamber music, snippets of Dusty Springfield, sound, and silence. Through this melding of the pictorial with the performative, the audience is taken on an dreamlike odyssey of suspense, stillness and emotional extremes. Jil Guyon is an award winning visual and performing artist based in New York City. Her solo, movement-based works created for stage, chosen sites, and new media use autobiography as the conceptual departure point of the exploration of loss, catharsis, and transcendence.
Sponsored by Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Demara Titzer, and JTH Productions.
Free, register online or with Guest Services.