Remote was made thru a process that relied for months on Skype dates and daily posts on a private Facebook group as a collaborative remote working space, but it finally came together in a small village in Ballydehob, Ireland, where Linda Fearon and Tara Brandel from Croi Glan Company and I lived together for six-weeks last year, working every day at the Uillin Arts Center in Skibereen. We were inspired daily by the lovely green hillsides and inlets of West Cork, yet Matthias, our composer, was in Berlin and has yet to meet Linda or Tara in person. This is its US Premiere.
Sight Unseen is an experiment, drawing on themes of access that I was challenged to think about by—and blessed to be able to start to address with—my collaborators Claire Cunningham and Alva Noë in Gravity’s last production, The Way You Look (at me) Tonight. How can language make our physical experiences ‘show up’ for each other? How do words limit, shape, expand or inspire our movement. Gabriel Christion, Céline Alwyn Parker, Sherwood Chen, Tiffany Taylor and Rachael Dichter bring their full attention to these questions in every performance of this piece—reporting to you as fully as they can the details of their experience in this work—again within the container of Matthias Herrmann’s lush sonic landscape, coming to you from a studio in Berlin. And we are inviting you in the audience to enter into the space as well, moving closer to the things that draw you in to get more details or stepping back to get the overall sense of the room.