“residue” is…. to be open and available to past, present and potential future impulses individual and layered from deep within and out in the air surrounding manifesting as a hint of memory as a remnant of image as a whisper of feeling…. as a hint of what is perhaps to come
An improvisation-based performance project in two segments, “residue” is inspired by pentimento, an underlying trace image in a painting that has been covered over, reflecting the artist’s change of mind; and engram, the hypothetical way a memory is thought to be encoded in the brain.
A two-minute photo slideshow is continuously looped on nine iPads as a performance prelude, carefully cradled, displayed and offered to audience members and passersby throughout the theater lobby via chaperones. Like a memory stuck on repeat, drifting in and out of focus, a mysterious figure in white might be falling, or jumping, or both or neither.
A solo is performed live with spontaneous choices in movement, sound, lighting and costume unfolding each night, creating a unique experience with every viewing and embodiment. The visual landscape consists of a 25 foot-long trail of large-scale tracing paper initially dragged in from the audience to the stage, 12 pairs of shoes carefully aligned, a red purse and an elaborately elegant dress made almost entirely out of paper. The movement, landscape, costume and performer progressively de-construct, de-organize and de-compose over time. The performance evokes a temporal state of curiosity, discovery, loss, transience and revelation.