Directed and composed by Chris Strouth. Music by Paris1919. Movement by Deborah Jinza-Thayer movement architecture.
Antarctica was composed during Strouth’s recovery from a kidney transplant in 2009 and reflects the isolation of going through a singular event that has a profound impact on your life. It’s about looking into the void and the void looking back. Antarctica speaks to the experience of walking through that chasm–a feeling that most people have been able to relate to in some form, at one time or another. However, Strouth’s composition is also about perseverance and tenacity, using 1,000 years of Antarctica’s physical evolution as a metaphor.
Over the course of the 90-minute performance, the viewers experienced a visual, sensory and sonic phantasmagoria:
- Live musical performance featuring water drumming, dulcimer, cello, lap steel, bass, guitar, african percussion, electronics and more in collaboration with musicians Mike Croswell, Randall Davidson, Drew Miller, Tim Ritter, Mykl Westbrooks and Eric White conducted by Chris Strouth.
- Avant grade choreographer/movement architect Deborah Jinza Thayer led a troupe of dancers through compositional movements and installations within the space. Featuring Renee Copeland, Missa Kes, Genevieve Muench, Sharon Picasso and Taylor Shevey.
- Multiple video projections throughout the gallery in collaboration with Vid Tiger and animator Justin Guenther of Wonderhaus.
- Glacier installation by visual artist Asia Ward.
Photo Credit: Michael Johnson