I'm still working on the best way to share video documentation of my recent performance, Cross/Walking. But until then, here are a few stills from the recent production. I begin the performance with a brief introduction of themes about place and space and the practice of place-making while "rappelling" along the stage edge. This piece is titled "Enter/Cross/Exit," and ends with me off stage and a vibrating rope stretched across the liminal space between audience and stage -- "a trace of a crossing from entrance to exit."
inscribe the cross in gun sights, including codes referencing Biblical verses.
Finally, I end with a meditation with the audience about connection while passing out a rope that slithers through them, hand to hand, like a snake in the grass, like a winding path. I use the same rope that I used in the opening monologue not only to neatly tie up the performance, but also to untie the performance and rupture the exit. The last moment of the performance involves me exiting through the theatre entrance, dragging the rope with me, creating a kind of path to the outside world. The last line (which trails away as I walk away): "It exits and becomes an entrance which becomes an exit which becomes an entrance which becomes an exit which becomes..."
[As I noted before, I designed this show to be portable. If you are reading this and would like to bring this show or my earlier piece, "Trail Mix," to your community, contact me at jmgray32(at)gmail(dot)com. I am deeply committed to using performance to spark dialogue about environmental issues. I can couple this performance with a lecture or series of workshops on performance and environmental advocacy.]
Note: Special thanks to Christi Saindon for the photo-documentation of this performance.