On October 7th, I had the honor of performing in Kim Hoeckele’s Rosy-Crimson, which went up as a part of the opening of the 2018 Queens International: Volumes exhibit at the Queens Museum.
An excerpt from QueensMuseum.org describes the production as follows:
Kim Hoeckele’s performance piece, Rosy-Crimson (2016-2018), represents her ongoing research into the fragmentary and transient nature of language and meaning. The work stemmed from a close reading of the 3000-year-old Greek epic poem The Odyssey, which was originally spoken aloud to an audience before being set down in writing centuries later. The subject of this poem is the hero Odysseus’ long journey home to his wife. Comparing its multiple translations, Hoeckele came across one recurring phrase: “dawn’s rosy fingers.” This repetition was a device to help the orator remember his spot in the epic poem. At Queens Museum, 18 actors clad in rose-hued outfits deliver a non-linear narrative based around the translations of this phrase with changes in volume, pitch, and body movement.
It was so fascinating to work on a site-specific play where I and my castmates literally became pieces of art. I was honored to be able to participate in such a deeply personal and expertly crafted theatrical piece, created by a local living artist and intended to be accessible to the people of Queens and beyond.
More photos, information about the project, and information about the fabulous Kim Hoeckele can be found on her website.