And lose the name of action (2012)

And lose the name of action is a group piece inspired by research I did into overlapping and divergent theories of body/mind connection in neurology, philosophy, somatics, and the paranormal. These conceptual interests were fueled by personal events – in 2010 my father spent four and a half months in the hospital while undergoing several operations to manage blood clots in his brain. As a result his cognitive functioning was severely altered for the worse. His situation and its impact on my family created an emotional architecture that permeates this piece.

The performance uses the trope of the séance to unfold a series of hallucinations, a struggle between the mysterious dancing of the live bodies and the episodic interruptions of a hyper-rational British white man in a white room, whose pontifications are presented in multiple projections throughout the piece (Created by visual/text artist Boru O’Brien O’Connell). The lighting designer Lenore Doxsee, who I’ve worked with on almost all of my pieces since 2002, conceived of using a glowing parachute that changes color throughout the piece as a kind of hovering jellyfish or spaceship. Neal Medlyn created an otherworldly score by layering a combination of live recordings with computer generated sound textures.

Created by Miguel Gutierrez in collaboration with the performers
Performed by Michelle Boulé, Hilary Clark, Luke George, Miguel Gutierrez, K.J. Holmes, and Ishmael Houston-Jones; understudy, James McGinn
Lights By Lenore Doxsee
Sound Design by Neal Medlyn
Songs by Miguel Gutierrez
Multi-Channel Film Installation and Writing by Boru O’Brien O’Connell
Actor on screen, Paul Duncan
Costumes by David Tabbert
Costume assistance by Matt Kessler
Production Manger, Natalie Robin
Sound & Video supervisor Jimin Brelsford
Management by Ben Pryor / tbspMGMT & Julie Alexander
This recording was shot by Character Generators December 2012 at BAM Fisher
Editing by Marin Media Lab

September 19-22, 2012 *World Premiere
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 19 & 20, 2012 *European Premiere
Oktoberdans, BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen, Norway,

November 8 & 9, 2012
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, Vermont

December 4-8, 2012 *New York Premiere
BAM, Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn, NY

January 31 - February 3 2013
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

May 2-5, 2013
On the Boards, Seattle, Washington

September 2012
Time Based Art Festival, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon

Lead commissioning and developmental support for And lose the name of action has been provided by Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University in Tallahassee and Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. Additional project support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust, The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation. And lose the name of action is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund/Forth Fund Project co-commissioned by MCA Chicago in partnership with Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, On the Boards, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music and NPN. Major contributors of NPN are the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, MetLife Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: Additional co-production support has been provided by On the Boards and BIT Teatergarasjen. Additional funding came through the support of 399 individual donors who contributed through Kickstarter. And lose the name of action has been supported by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council through a residency at Building 110: LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island. Additional residency support provided by Baryshnikov Arts Center.

background photo by Chris Cameron. Performance photos by Ian Douglas