In a three channel video projection, scenes of hysteria from classic films form the backdrop to a performance installation. Representations of the descent into madness by Gena Rowlands in John Cassavetes’s A Woman Under The Influence (1974), Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest (1981), Catherine Deneuve in Roman Polanski’s Repulsion (1965), and others are nearly removed from the films, leaving only the scenery as an index to the location of disintegration. Dancers act as translators for the original character’s performances creating a dialog between the past and it’s representations and the here-and-now. The dance is a series of repeated gestures referencing not only compulsive behaviors, but the ecstatic potential contained within them.
Meg Clixby, Talice Lee and Helen Schreiner will be performing to a recorded soundtrack by Brian Chase.