Axis Mundi

Middlebury College Museum of Art
Middlebury, 2015

“Axis of the World” is a concept in many Western and Eastern traditions of a liminal realm between lower and upper domains, such as between the terrestrial and the celestial, or the telluric and infernal. It is an interstitial space of polar tensions.

Historically, this concept has been investigated in many forms including diagram, painting, geology, and architecture.

In this performance installation, a unique Axis “diagram” emerges as a narrative sculpture. Through simple, deliberate movements, two performers enact a wordless drama of its own polarities, including birth and death, masculine and feminine, Eros and Thanatos, finite and infinite. The performance is an endless loop, without beginning or end, and the performers seamlessly interchange roles.

Concept, Director, Sound: Jonathan Vandenberg
Performers: Miguel Castillo, Lorena Neira
Costumes: Sofia Donavan-Lafuente

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