at The Cubiculo in Carlisle, PA
co-created devised piece by
Kent Barrett and Mary Olin Geiger
In this co-devised performance, Kent Barrett and I created a space inspired by Grant Hart’s musical exploration of the epic poem Paradise Lost in his album The Argument. After building a layered, hyper-stimulating space in the Cubiculo Black Box Theater, we invited members of our Carlisle, PA community to perform. The space felt like a familiar but unsettling kaleidoscope apartment+church in sensory overload, which is sort of how we wanted to capture the feeling of the original poem. Performing experience as well as age and professional backgrounds varied among the group, and we asked them to explore a sequence of tasks related to their individual life experiences. The structure of the performance was based on an Anglican church service, and we tried to evoke rituals through improvisational live music, repetition, readings, and procession.
Thomas A. Downs
Monica Lopez Soler