Performance in Practice
Chasing the Sun, 2023
Chasing the Sun was a performance festival from sunrise to sunset at The Soil Factory, Ithaca NY. In one day, I received my first mullet and dug a trench through the remediative Marshy Garden.
Once Upon a Time in the Anthropocene
Zoom-Era Theatre, 2021
The Cymbeline Anthroposcenes research project is an international collaboration in ecological theatre centered on William Shakespeare's "Cymbeline."
Photographs and video footage by Anson Wigner, hair by Isa Goico
Chasing the Sun: a performance festival from sunrise to sunset
5:55 am to 8:11 pm, Saturday May 6th
The Soil Factory, Ithaca NY.
A man lies in an open grave after a body is taken out of it. This practice is said to lengthen life expectancy.
The brother imagines his bed is a nest in which his body is removed.
There’s a story about a man galloping by another man who asks, “Where are you going?” “Ask my hearse,” says the man.
“I was never lost in the jungle,” says a father, “just looking for a way out.”
From “Ghost Of” by Diana Khoi Nguyen (2018)
“What are you doing in my swamp?”
From “Shrek” (2001)
Upon sunrise, I shall become the disruptor in a lawn-turned-marsh: the Marshy Garden remediated by Ash Ferlito and Brandon Hoak. Following the lowest points of the landscape’s rolling folds, I will submerge myself in the mud and perform the caring duties of a steward. My gentle gorge will wind through a mass of invasive phragmites: common reeds who crowd out the perennials and grasses depended on to balance our environment now and before European contact. I will lay their stalks in the shape of my grave.
When sleep calls, I will climb within my coffin of/for/from reeds to sleep until it’s time to continue destructive creation. To make space for native plants to reclaim their swamp.
Dig, a line through the earth following the curves of the land, through the swamp of phragmites
Collect, laying all uprooted phragmites in a rectangular stack 3 feet wide
Invade, always reminded of your body on hers
Sleep, when the land makes you, within the collected reeds
From sunrise to sunset
Isa Goico's "Salón" is also featured in the video above. They wrote:
At sunrise at May 6th 2023 I will set up my station on the lawn of the Soil factory.
Gel, combs, brushes, scissors, picks will be laid out waiting for my loves.
For 15 hours until the sun sets I will wash and adorn the hair of my dearest friends.
Salón explores the connection between love and physical acts of service.
Hair is the start and end of connection, to the air, to the hands, to the water.
As a child I spent endless hours in Dominican hair salons in Santo Domingo.
I took the love of those salons back with me.
One by one wash and cut the hair of everyone you love
Take care, be gentle, let them tell you every story they know
Collect the hair from the ground. Sew the locks into a testament of your love
Watching the tapestries of our lives stitch together
Introduction by Professor Theo Black of Cornell University:
Intermixing genres to create an Eco-Feminist performance piece, “Once Upon a Time in the Anthropocene” incorporates recycled cultural materials (along the lines of Charles Mee’s “Re-Making” projects) newly orchestrated & interpreted by members of Cornell’s PMA 3801 acting ensemble, joined by two additional guest artists. Inspired by the international practice-based-research performance project Cymbeline Anthropocenes, this ensemble-generated work offers a grafted branch to its central trunk of eco-dramaturgical inquiry...
Read more about the Cymbeline Anthroposcenes symposium here.