Current: Somewhere Else Instead
Somewhere Else Instead (taken from a line of A.A. Milne’s poem, “Halfway Down”) is a movement piece that centers around the image, utility, and metaphorical significance of the staircase. Combining methods and exercises from site-specific theater, physical theater, durational performance, improvisation, conceptual and live installation art, this performance project conducts and incites an ensemble of five performers into an investigative process that uncovers the relevance, impact, and influence of the stairs from the architectural to the metaphysical.
Part of this investigative process is to engage the ensemble into “12 site-specific rehearsals”, which comprises the project's Research and Development Phase. This means that for each rehearsal, they are brought to different staircase locations (each varying in shape and size) where the performers are being challenged to perform durational, improvisational exercises according to: 1) the type of stairs being offered to them; and 2) the textual prompt that will inform their improv exercises (the textual prompt comes in a form of a poem about stairs).
After the 12 site-specific rehearsals are completed, the notes accumulated during the R&D Phase will be processed in order to determine the design and construction of the final 13th staircase-- which now marks the project's Phase Two. To be specific, during Phase Two, the performers will be asked to design and build their own staircase(s) together, as well as devise the 13th performance, based on the notes recorded during the 12 sessions.
Diretor: Jenny Logico-Cruz
Scenographer: Lawyn Cruz
Director of Documentation: Blonski Cruz