THE CROSSING OF THE VISIBLE
Center for Performance Research
New York, 2014
A hooded figure fails to communicate. Eventually, he conjures a series of scenes. A young girl recites her bedtime prayers. A woman begins her day. Figures traverse a void. The fragmented narrative collapses into itself.
The Crossing of the Visible
is the title of a book by French philosopher Jean-Luc Marion. Marion interrogates the space wherein an image is experienced, particularly in painting. He uses the French term un vide
, which can mean both “space” and “void.” The spectator sees the object and the object gazes back. What occurs in this crossing?
This performance was further shaped by a personal reading of Francisco Goya’s etching The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters,
a work that depicts a different kind of crossing.
Concept, Director, Sound: Jonathan Vandenberg
Performers: Charles Baran, Amalie Ceen, James Ciccarelle, Daniel Levitt, Tazca Levitt Yaksetig
Costumes: Nicole Wee
Lighting: Joe Novak
Dramaturg: Erik Grathwohl