Enclose the Divine: Euripides Fragment #109

I incorporated a text fragment from one of Euripides’ lost tragedies to an image of an abandoned dollhouse discovered on a sidewalk.  Informally, the piece is called Enclose the Divine.  This work is part of a larger project called IOTA that brings to life the remaining textual fragments of the lost plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. The Fragment What…

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Love is The Fullest Education (Motion)

 Muriel Maffre, Ryan Tacata, Derek Phillips and myself performed a site specific theatre piece with the fragments of one of the lost tragedies by Euripides on Slacker Hill in the Marin Headlands. Informally, we called the work Love is The Fullest Education and the fragment relates the myth of Zeus’ seduction of Io in…

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In Time of Need: Sophocles Fragment #117

I incorporated a text fragment from one of Sophocles’ lost tragedies to an image of an abandoned house outside Watsonville.  Informally, the piece is called In Time of Need.  This work is part of a larger project called IOTA that brings to life the remaining textual fragments of the lost plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. The Fragment For … shines…

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The Man Who Knows: Euripides Fragment #115

At 5:40Am. on March 23rd, 2020 I incorporated a text fragment from one of Euripides’ lost tragedies with a site responsive approach to Environmental Art and Public Art (The statue: To Honor Surfing Statue) on Santa Cruz’s Westside.   Informally, the piece is called The Man Who Knows.  This work is part of a larger project called IOTA that brings to life the remaining textual fragments…

Sophocles Laocöon at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

after the wooden horseis brought into the citythe Trojans celebratedbelieving the war over A sacrifice to Poseidonfor removing the Greekswith Laocoōna priest of Poseidonordered to carry it out Cassandra and Laocoönwarn of the impending dangerwithin the horsewith Laocoön sinning against the godsby attacking the horse with a spear two serpents appearnamed Porces and Chariboea(the Greek poet…

Aeschylus Danaids at the Pulgas Water Temple

At 4:45pm on November 19th, 2018 we performed a site responsive theatre piece of the two remaining fragments of Aeschylus Danaids at the Pulgas Water Temple in San Mateo county.   This work is part of a larger project called IOTA that brings to life the remaining fragments for the lost plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. The weather was cloudy, with…

Aeschylus #121

Seated Women in a Garden, Picasso inspiration for Aeschylus #121 Upcoming: Saturday, April 21st, Blake Garden, Kensington with Tonyanna Borkovi. Part of a series of “rituals” curated by Yula Paluy.

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Oedipus in Fort Mason Chapel

The staged reading of Oedipus happened last night in Fort Mason Chapel for SF International Arts Festival … I’m biased but i thought it was marvelous and more than anything I’m in awe of the incredible effort intelligence, humor and grace of my collaborators in this all too brief adventure thank you Muriel Maffre, John Warren…

Aeschylus’ Diktyoulkoi (Net Haulers)

the play set on the island of Seriphos with the arrival of Danaë and her infant Perseus Danaë’s father Acrisius had set them adrift in a wooden chest a fisherman nets a large object offshore he seeks the help of Dictys the brother of the local king Polydectes in hauling the chest ashore struggling they…

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Savage Blasts: Sophocles Fragment #116 at The Wave Organ

We performed a site responsive theatre piece using a fragment of text from a lost Sophocles tragedy at the Wave Organ in San Francisco.    Informally, the piece is called Savage Blasts.  This work is part of a larger project called IOTA that brings to life the fragments for the lost plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. The Fragment… he blows no longer on small pipes, but with…

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Sopohocles’ Nausicaä Perfromance

The Iota and The Chocolate Heads present Sophocles’ lost drama Nausicaä… Afternoon, July 10th, Half Moon Bay Only a few fragments remain from Sophocles original play which was presumably based upon the fifth and sixth books of the Odyssey. The Fragment… …to weave robes and tunics made of linen… The wave passed me by then…

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rehearsing Sophocles Nausicaä

  Poseidon vs. Odysseus “Poseidon god of the earthquake launched a colossal wave, terrible, murderous, arching over him, pounding down on him, hard as a windstorm blasting piles of dry parched chaff, scattering flying husks…” The Odyssey, trans. Robert Fagles Sophocles Nausicaä rehearsal with The Chocolate Heads in Stanford Theater and Performance Studies‘ Prosser Studio

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Love is The Fullest Education: Euripides Fragment No. 91

At 6:57 a.m. on April 7th, 2016 Muriel Maffre, Ryan Tacata and myself performed a site responsive theatre production of a fragments of one of the lost tragedies by Euripides on Slacker Hill in the Marin Headlands.  Informally, the piece we called the work Love is The Fullest Education and the fragment relates the myth of Zeus’ seduction of Io in the form of a…

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No Man’s Friend: Euripides Fragment # 266 At Aquatic Park

At 5:55 a.m. on July 1st, 2015 we performed a site responsive theatre production of an unattributed fragment of one of the lost tragedies by Euripides’ at Aquatic Park in San Francisco.  Informally, the piece is called No Man’s Friend. based on Euripides’ fragments adapted and directed by Jamie Lyons with Val Sinkler & Jamie Freebury The Fragment… No man’s friend stays faithful to his tomb….

James Baldwin: “Take This Hammer” (1963)

“There is no moral distance between the facts of life in San Francisco and the facts of life in Birmingham.” In the summer of 1963, the KQED Film Unit invited author James Baldwin to investigate racism in San Francisco. Baldwin agreed to be filmed while he scrutinized the liberal, cosmopolitan image projected by the city….

16th c. Costume Studies for Sophocles’ “Oedipus Tyrannus”

Paolo Veronese (Italian, 1528 – 1588) created these costume studies in preparation for the inaugural production of Sophocles’ tragic play Oedipus Tyrannus at the Teatro Olimpico in Verona, which took place March 1585. Although he was not credited as the play’s costume designer, the designs on this sheet were apparently consulted and incorporated. Inscriptions on…

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The Mechanics Monument by Douglas Tilden

In April of 1937, in a demonstration that ‘Athletic dance was the future sport of American men”. Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers performed at The Mechanics Monument by Douglas Tilden. The sculpture, located at the intersection of Market, Bush and Battery Streets in San Francisco, was dedicated on May 15, 1901. President Theodore Roosevelt…

Russian Site Specific Theatre in the 1920s

Photographs by Alexander Grinberg (1885-1979,) one of the most respected Russian photographers of the 20th c. His prestige was on the rise throughout the 1920s until 1929 when, under the storm of the cultural revolution the “old school” of Soviet photography came under fire as “depraved”, and Grinberg fell out of favor. His photography was…

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Showcase of work so far…

as part of the Collected Works’ Franconia Performance Salon at the Museum of Performance + Design we’ll be showing the documentation of our performances Saturday, June 27th, 6:30pm @ MP+D 893B Folsom St. San Francisco work to be shown will include… Aeschylus’ Daughters of the Sun Sophocles’ Sinon and Aeschylus’ Glaucus of Pontiae A presentation…

Aeschylus Glaucus of Potniae at Golden Gate Fields

At 1:15 p.m. on June 6th, 2015 we performed a site responsive theater piece with the fragments that remain from the lost Aeschylus tragedy, Glaucus of Potniae, at the Golden Gates Fields horse racing track. The Play… Glaucus reared his horse on human flesh so as to make her fiercer she ultimately turns on Glaucus…

Pasiphaë

Denials from me will no longer convince you; for the facts are now quite clear. If I had thrown myself at a man in love’s furtive commerce, I should rightly now be revealed as lascivious. As it is, because my madness was a god’s onslaught, I hurt, but my trouble is not voluntary. Why, it…

Euripides, Cretans, Picasso Pasiphae

Cretans Inspiration…

Inspiration for a future site responsive theatre production of Euripides Cretans. Inspiration for a site specific theatre production of Euripides’ Cretans. The Cretan and Spartan laws were found to be faulty because they did not permit their subjects to taste the greatest pleasures. […] The pleasures of banquets are drinking and singing. In order to…

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Sophocles Sinon at The Emeryville Mudflats

At 8:01 p.m. on May 4th, 2015 we performed a site responsive theatre event of Sophocles’ Sinon (using the textual fragments that have survived) in the Emeryville Mudflats: adjacent to the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge. based on Sophocles’ fragments adapted and directed by Jamie Lyons performed by Todd Pivetti The Play… left behind by the…

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The Trojan Horse

The Trojan Horse for IOTA’s Site Responsive Theatre production of Sophocles’ Sinon on the Emeryville Mudflats. What a thing was this, too, which that mighty man wrought and endured in the carven horse, wherein all we chiefs of the Argives were sitting, bearing to the Trojans death and fate! But come now, change thy theme, and sing…

Euripides’ Sciron (E.49)

Satyrs, led as usual by their ‘father’ Silenus, are in servitude to Sciron; they tended, not their master’s animals for his enjoyment, but passers-by whom they lured with prostitutes Sciron then killed these unfortunate men until Theseus came by, destroyed Sciron, and freed the satyrs. The Fragments… SILENUS: Hermes, for you indeed… hold… You can…