I just wanted to share some incredible images shot by filmmaker/photographer Rodrigo Valenzuela of my big project this past spring, another iteration of my on-going process-based community art installation Mater Matrix Mother and Medium. His images somehow transform the sometimes over-troden Seattle Center into a temple complex. Rodrigo will be premiering a short film he has made about these 2012 performances titled “Saltus Chori Aevum”, this July 3rd from 5-8pm at the The Rendezvous Jewel Box Theater, in Seattle.
Please join us! And now a bit of what I had to say about this project and performance from the Mater Matrix Mother and Medium blog:
“Mandy Greer’s ongoing Mater Matrix Mother and Medium project premiers a new multi-media performance entitled “Saltus Chori Aevum”, all words in Latin that mean “passage” but in very different forms, from the passage of time, to a passage in music, to a passage in the landscape.
Led by the three female figures of the Moirai – the Spinner, the Allotter and the Unturnable – this experiential performance delves into how simultaneous and conflicting states of being function in collusion. Referencing the transformational ability of water to slip between three states, and the spectrum of impact water has on the human drama –from tranquility all the way to devastation– the performance will interweave rites of passage into an investigation of the sometimes-contradictory predicament of being both an individual and a member of a group.
Created in collaboration by Greer, choreographer/dancer Jessica Jobaris, performance artist/vocalist Saskia Delores, harpist/poet Monica Schley, dancer Andrea Ives and video artist Rodrigo Valenzuela. The performers, working together or apart, traverse the landscape, coaxing out the thin space between manual labor and contemplative practice. Small acts of menial work — washing, cleaning, caretaking, spinning, weaving — are revealed as thresholds to states of transformation, exploring the dual role of water in the mundane and the mystical.
Presented by The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Commissioned by Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art. MMMM celebrates and interprets the splendor of Seattle’s urban watersheds and encourages stewardship, especially as it connects to SPU’s work. MMMM performance and installation is sponsored by the Seattle Center Foundation’s Next 50 program of events, during Sustainable Futures month. “
Creative Direction, Installation, Costumes: Mandy Greer
Choreography: Jessica Jobaris
Vocals, Mixing, Co-production: Saskia Delores
Harp, Vocals, Arrangement: Monica Schley
Video, contributing sound design: Rodrigo Valenzuela
The Three Moirai: Jessica Jobaris, Saskia Delores, Monica Schley
The Two Supplicants: Andrea Ives and Mandy Greer