New York, 2012
King Tantalus was a seminal figure in Ancient Greek mythology. An ancestor of the House of Atreus - depicted in Aeschylus’ The Oresteia
- Tantalus dined with the gods but offended them. Banished to Tartarus, differing accounts of his punishment persisted.
In the first, a rock perpetually lingered over his head, always poised to fall. The second version is recorded in Homer's The Odyssey
. Tantalus stood thirsty and hungry with water and food out of reach. This is the etymology of the word “tantalize.”
These two traditions collide in this site-specific performance installation. Spectators are guided through a modern building, descending flights of stairs to the basement floor. In a darkened space, through an opening, a man can be seen bound to a wooden slab floating in a pool of water. An enormous rock hangs overhead, dripping water.
Concept, Sound: Jonathan Vandenberg
Sculpture: Yu-Han Huang, A Ram Kim, Chien-Yu Peng
Performer: Adam Roper
Technical Director: Tom Gilmore
Lighting: Joe Novak
Dramaturg: Erik Grathwohl
Producer: Regina Vorria