'CRASH' explores nature of storytelling

March 24, 2010

The new work “CRASH” will be performed March 25-27 at Arizona State University’s West campus. “CRASH” is a solo stage performance and gallery installation created by New York-based theater artist Will Bond of the internationally renowned theatre company SITI, in collaboration with Judson Dance Theater pioneer Deborah Hay, SITI/Rude Mechanicals company member Brian H. Scott, and Marianne M. Kim, a faculty member in the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (HArCS) in ASU’s New College.

“‘CRASH’” is as much a meditation on the urge to tell a story as it is a story told,” Kim said. Download Full Image

What began originally as a piece of theater written by Bond to be directed by Hay quickly metamorphosed into a larger dialogue about performance, storytelling, and the nature of the performer/audience relationship. Using text (some invented, some borrowed), movement and light, “CRASH” is a crisis of expression of a man both in the act of telling a story, and inhabiting a story himself.

“‘CRASH’ celebrates the ephemeral nature of performance, and the basic storytelling nature of human beings that binds us together, creates community, preserves memory, conveys wisdom and reminds us that we are not alone,” Kim said. “We share stories in real time and in the same undifferentiated space. ‘CRASH’ addresses the question, ‘What if how I see the space I am in, with you, is a means by which the story arises without my having to look for it?’”

Kim is a Korean-American artist and educator working in dance, theater and video art. Known for her work in Japanese Butoh and highly visual multimedia performance works, she has been produced throughout the United States and abroad. Zendai MOMA in Shanghai, Total Museum in Seoul, University of Alaska Anchorage, Mediations Biennial in Poznon, Poland and Arizona State University have presented her most recent interdisciplinary works. In 2009, she finished a national tour of “Saudade,” the newest work by choreographer David Rousseve. Kim is an assistant professor in the HArCS Division on ASU’s West campus.

Bond is a founding member of SITI Company. He has performed and toured nationally and internationally in numerous SITI productions. Bond also is an associate artist at Actors Theatre of Louisville and Artist-In-Residence in the theater department of Skidmore College.

Hay was one the founding members of the Judson Dance Theater in New York, and is acknowledged by critics and historians as one of the most relevant and influential representatives of post-modern dance. In 2000, she choreographed a duet for herself and Mikhail Baryshnikov, which toured with the Past/Forward project, a series of performances updating the choreographic scores of the Judson Group Theatre, among others.

Scott is a SITI Company member who has designed lighting for “Hotel Cassiopeia,” “systems/layers,” “Death and the Ploughman,” “War of the Worlds - The Radio Play” and “Midsummer Nights Dream” touring production.

“CRASH” is made possible in part by support from HArCS and the Rude Mechs Theater Company of Austin, Texas. The work is inspired by P. Henry Shields, by a previous work entitled “HISTORY OF THE WORLD FROM THE VERY BEGINNING,” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, by Wim Wenders, and by Deborah Hay’s interest.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m., March 25, 26 and 27 in Second Stage West, lower level of the University Center Building. ASU’s West campus is at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for seniors and ASU students and employees. Call (602) 543-ARTS (2787) for ticket information.

Chaucer Celebration 2010: List of events

March 24, 2010

Thursday, April 1

The Wakefield Master, The Second Shepherds' Play, 3-4 p.m., stage area by Memorial Union

Cast (in order of appearance): First Shepherd: Professor Robert Sturges; Second Shepherd: Professor Richard Newhauser; Third Shepherd: Nathaniel Bump; Mak (a sheep thief): Samuel Estabrooks; Gill (his wife): Jenna Steigerwalt; Angel: Alaya Kuntz; Virgin Mary: Mellissa Sawyer. Shepherd costumes by Kristin Burris. Download Full Image

This nativity play by the so-called Wakefield Master was composed in the mid- to late 15th century and is one of the most famous plays to survive from the Middle Ages. In its dramatic action of sheep stealing, a feigned birth, the mercy shown by the shepherds to the sheep thief, and the shepherds' witnessing of the nativity of Jesus, one can see the subtle interweaving of the playwright's poetic individualism with the theology of the Incarnation.

The dramatic action moves from the farce of concealing a stolen sheep in a cradle and representing it as a baby, in a parody of the holy family and the Incarnation, to the shepherds' presence at the actual Incarnation. The fulcrum on which the plot moves is mercy: the shepherds' mercy in not punishing Mak severely and God's mercy in providing the Incarnation.

Early music concert by the Early Music Chamber Choir, Ryan Olsen, director, 5-6 p.m., Organ Hall, School of Music

Program to be selected from the following: 1. Blow Thy Horn Hunter – Cornysh; 2. Jesu Christes milde moder – Anonymous, 13th century; 3. Man mei longe – Anonymous, 13th century; 4. Edi beo thu hevene quene – Anonymous, 14th century; 5. Sumer is icumen in – Anonymous, 14th century; 6. Alas departynge is ground of woo – Anonymous, 15th century; 7. Worldes blis ne last – Anonymous, 13th century; 8. Of All the Birds – Bartlet; 9. Ah Robin, gentle Robin – Cornysh; 10. Christus resurgens – Sarum chant; with settings of Christ Rising Again, an Easter anthem for the early Reformed Church of England from the mid- to late-16th century.

Choir: Travis Clement, April Cound, Daniel Gerwig, Josiah Hagstrom, Devon Howard, Joe Kim, Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler, Alaya Kuntz, Thomas Kushibab, Kristen Larue, Lizzie Lee, Biruta Melessa, Mike Nesvold, Ryan Olsen, Colby Picton, Dr. Catherine Saucier, Cheryl Tucker.

Medieval feast, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Durham Language and Literature Building room 165. Potluck – bring a medieval dish!

Medieval film festival I: “The Name of the Rose” (1986), 8-10 p.m., Durham Language and Literature Building room 316.

Friday, April 2

Roundtable discussion on “Chaucer and Religion,” 5:30-7 p.m., Durham Language and Literature Building room 316

Participants: professors Roger Dahood (University of Arizona), Richard Newhauser, and Rosalynn Voaden.

Medieval film festival II: Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1984), 7:30-9:30 p.m., Durham Language and Literature Building room 316.

On both days

An exhibition of the library's rare holdings of Chaucer editions and related material will be on display in the Hayden Library rotunda exhibit area near the main entrance and in the Luhrs Reading Room (Special Collections) in Hayden Library. The Chaucer display will be exhibited from March 22 to April 5. The items in the exhibit include:
The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer: Now Newly Imprinted.  [Upper Mall, Hammersmith, in the county of Middlesex, Printed by me William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. Finished on the 8th day of May, 1896] (the Kelmscott Chaucer)
The Canterbury Tales: the New Ellesmere Chaucer Facsimile (of Huntington Library MS EL 26 C 9) by Geoffrey Chaucer; edited by Daniel Woodward and Martin Stevens.  Tokyo: Yushodo Co.; San Marino, Calif.: Huntington Library Press, 1995.

The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, compared with the former editions, and many valuable mss. out of which, three tales are added which were never before printed; by John Urry, student of Christ-Church, Oxon. deceased: together with a glossary by a student of the same college. To the whole is prefixed the author's life, newly written, and a preface, giving an account of this edition.  London, Printed for B. Lintot, 1721.

The Canterbury tales of Chaucer / modernis'd by Mr. Betterton ... [et al.] ; published by Mr. Ogle ; to which is prefixed the life of Chaucer, written by Mr. Urry. Includes: Characters of the pilgrims, by Betterton, Ogle, and Dryden, and prologues and tales by Betterton, Boyse, Brooke, Cobb, Dryden, Grosvenor, Markland, Pope, and Ogle. Dublin : Printed by and for George Faulkner, 1742.

Canterbury chimes, or, Chaucer tales retold for children by Francis Storr and Hawes Turner.  London (1 Paternoster Square): C.K. Paul, 1878.

The Canterbury tales of Geoffrey Chaucer, together with a version in modern English verse, by William van Wyck, illustrated by Rockwell Kent.  New York, Covici-Friede, 1930.

The book of Geoffrey Chaucer; an account of the publication of Geoffrey Chaucer's works from the fifteenth century to modern times.  [San Francisco] Book Club of California, 1963.

The prologue to the Canterbury tales of Geoffrey Chaucer: with an engraving of the pilgrims in the following sequence: the reve, Chaucer, Clerk of Oxford, the cook, the miller, wife of Bath, the merchant, parish priest, serjeant of law, the plowman, the doctor, the franklin, two citizens, the seaman, the host, the sumner, the steward, the pardoner, the monk, the fryar, a citizen, the prioress, the nun, three priests, the yeoman, the knight, the squire / by William Blake. Los Angeles: Plantin Press, 1975.

Special thanks to Katherine Krzys, Curator, and Karrie Porter Brace, Curatorial/Museum Specialist, ASU Libraries, for making the rare holdings of Chaucer texts available during the Chaucer Celebration.

Lisa Robbins

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