Sophocles’ Laocoön at BAMPFA

Sophocles, Laocoon, Babatunji Johnson, Berkeley Art Museum, BAMPFA, site specific theatre, site response theater, photography, documentation, site specific dance

At noon. on March 9th, 2020
we performed a site specific production
of a fragment from Sophocles tragedy Laocoön
at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sophocles, Greek Tragedy, Classical Drama, site responsive theatre, Live Art, Berkeley Art Musuem, Babatunji Johnson

The Fragment

And fire shines on the altar in the street
as it sends up a vapor from drops of myrrh,
exotic scents.

Poseidon, you who range over the capes of the Aegean
or in the depths of the gray sea rule over the windswept waters above the lofty cliffs…

And now at the gates stands Aeneas,
the son of the goddess,
carrying on his shoulders his father
with his linen robe
stained with the discharge
caused by the lightning,
and about him
the whole horde of his servants.
And with him follows a crowd,
you cannot imagine how great,
of those who are eager to take part
in this migration of the Phrygians.

When one is no longer weary, labors are delightful.

For one takes no account
of trouble that is in the past.

Sophocles, Laocoon, Babatunji Johnson, Berkeley Art Museum, BAMPFA, site specific theatre, site response theater, photography, documentation, site specific dance

The Location

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive located in the former UC printing plant (printed the official UN Charter in 1945)  that was redesigned in 2013 by the New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro.  Located at 2120 Oxford Street in downtown Berkeley.

Aleta Hayes, Berkeley Art Museum, Sophocles, Laocoon, tragedy, site responsive theatre, site specific dance, Live Art, Performance Art

Collaborators:

Babatunji Johnson and Aleta Hayes

IOTA’s Sophocles Laocoön at BAMPFA