Collaborations with the Collapsable Giraffe theater company and director Jim Findlay. Rave reviews in The New York Times, Time Out New York, and The Village Voice. Received numerous grants and a prestigious Obie Award for ongoing excellence.
VINE OF THE DEAD: 11 RITUAL GESTURES
Vine of the Dead explores the place and meaning of ritual in the 21st century by attempting to communicate across the divide between life and death. In a series of 11 rituals, the performance channels personal experiences of death and transcendence while exploring the spirituality of skepticism. Various site-specific performances tapped into alternate realms of perception and consciousness through a dense visual and sonic landscape.
DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER:
A PERFORMANCE FOR A SLEEPING AUDIENCE
A deeply ambient journey through Cao Xueqin’s 18th century Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber — an epic love story between a stone and a flower, framed by a dizzying series of metaphysical dreams. Come grab a bed and experience performance from a new vantage. Presented by Times Square Arts Alliance. Brill Building in Times Square. May 2014.
Botanica examines our complex and interdependent relationship to plant life. Sealed in a human terrarium, two unorthodox botanists and a caretaker with a penchant for erotic literature unleash a flood of unusual findings and overturn the constraints of science and social norms.
“One of 2012’s most galvanizing theater moments.” – New York Times
Adapted from letters written to the astronomers of the Mt. Wilson Observatory about the origins of the cosmos and inspired by the films of Buster Keaton. "The unknowable -- what inspires genius and what determines insanity? -- is a topic of serious reflection here. And as with Keaton's movies, the production toys with how novel things and unpredictable events over which we seek to exercise control have a confounding way of controlling us. Damfino is an eerie assault on the senses.” - New York Times
THE LAST CRASH… a.k.a. PEE PEE MAW MAW
Inspired by rock legends including Syd Barrett, Ian Curtis, Jandek, and Bucky Wunderlick, The Collapsable Giraffe made this piece about the disillusionment and terminal stasis that leads to a rock band breaking up and in the process the company itself disbanded. There were two final blow-out performances at the Collapsable Hole in Brooklyn. Hospitalizations occurred.
WITCH MOUNTAIN/BLACK TARANTULA
A couple of orphan girls journey through the landscape of Kathy Acker’s texts, via the Dream Machine, in hopes of unraveling the mystery of their origins. They’re hijacked by female pirates who soon find themselves outmatched. The group’s final destination: Witch Mountain.