Jarman (all this maddening beauty)
- Theater Arts
"It was a scandal, a glorious scandal
But to me it was church."
Jarman (all this maddening beauty) is an original, solo performance work inspired by avant-garde, queer filmmaker Derek Jarman. Stunning poetry, lush new music and an imagistic multimedia landscape combine to create a theatrical event which searches for the meaning of beauty and art, the power of artistic legacy on budding artists and the evolving spectre of illness. This exciting project marks a continuing collaboration between the bold, unique performance ensemble force/collision and award-winning playwright Caridad Svich.
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Derek Jarman's death from AIDS-related illness. We pay homage to the artist by re-imagining his life and work through the medium of live performance.
Playwright Caridad Svich is an OBIE Lifetime Acheivement Award-winning artist, educator, scholar and founder of NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press, as well as drama editor of Asymptote journal of literary translation associate editor of Routledge/UK’s Contemporary Theatre Review and contributing editor of TheatreForum. Here plays include GUAPA, 12 Ophelias, Alchemy of Desire/Dead Man's Blues, Fugitive Pieces, Any Place But Here, The House of the Spirits/La Casa de los Espiritus, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart, Instructions for Breathing, The Labyrinth of Desire, Magnificent Waste. http://caridadsvich.com
force/collision is an interdisciplinary contingent of artists/collaborators who are dedicated to a visceral exploration of performance through an intercultural dialogue of sharing ideas, work and artistic expression. http://force-collision.org
Ben Carver is a photographer and video artist living and working in Washington, D.C. http://www.benjamincarver.com/
Derek Jarman, film director, gardener, author, scenic designer and gay rights activist was a pioneer of lavish imagistic filmmaking, overground narration and socio-cultural commentary in performance. Jarman (All this maddening beauty), will infuse a textual, dance-theatre and video score as an intersection for the exploration of the spectre of illness in the artistic community and the evolution of queerness in media/performing arts. The project asks the unapologetic question “what is beauty?” and “to what ends do we go to find beauty?” in performance making. This project will pay homage to Jarman's life, work, aesthetic and innovation by reconstructing the artist through contemporary mythology with a new text by playwright Caridad Svich for three imagined voices/characters. Not attempting to recreate his words or films, Jarman will distill the artist through a performative landscape of visual memory through a wholly contemporary lens, addressing the issue of “how do we look back?” and “where are we now?” within our community. Some of the ideas we will explore in performance are the psychogeography of the contemporary artistic landscape through using both found media materials, video footage and projections, the evolving transitional text of the queer body and the technological elements of video processing and reprocessing to change visual meanings in context.
Jarman (all this maddening beauty) will receive its first workshop performances at Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. April 17-27, 2014.
Additional venues/dates are currently in the works and will be updated regularly.
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