• New York, USA

Parallel Dreams – Performance

Parallel Dreams was presented on FIGMENT, Governor Island, house #15 in Nolan Park. June 7 & June 8, 2014.

Sometimes I feel like I’m not the person experiencing my own life, like I’m trapped between being awake and asleep – with my body and soul caught in between.This leaves me unsure whether I’m alive and moving through this world, or whether my life is the reflection of a dream occurring somewhere else. My dreams appear so realistic that they leave me uncertain of where I exited them to enter the real world - it's almost as if there is a parallel universe mirroring this life on Earth, or perhaps even the other way around.

These thoughts inspired me to express these feelings of living in between dreams and reality, and I came up with the idea of creating a live performance and film. I wanted to challenge myself to create a film and live performance at the same time, where the performance could not be produced without scripting and planning of the film. These two elements would have to be different and yet reflect the same thing : a possible life in multiple universes that we maybe experiancing.

Aleksandar Kostic

Inspired by the idea that we live a parallel life in dreams, we created two dream rooms incorporating 19th century imagery with imagined dream-states of the visual artist Joseph Cornell, blending historical music (Claude Debussy) with sonic dreamscapes by composer Joan La Barbara (whose work spans 20-21st century). The performance consists of two interconnected pieces in two different rooms. Having a duration of 20 minutes, the performance was repeated all day long, with 10 minute silent breaks. The location was an old Victorian house on Governor’s Island, deserted and empty, into which we installed the performance. The audience walked from one room to the other, experiencing two different but parallel universes united around an imagined Cornell and his own universe.

Collaborators Statement:
In dreams our minds travel through the crevasses of our sub-conscious, exploring reality and abstract live experience. Sometimes the threshold between dreams and waking visions blur. In creating “Parallel Dreams”, we endeavor to present visions and sounds inspired by dreams and fantasy.

Director, Concept & Video Installations : Aleksandar Kostic
Composer & Performer : Joan La Barbara
Set Designer & Costume Designer : Marija Plavsic-Kostic
Pianist & Performer : Kathleen Supové
Actors : Didier Flamand, Gemma Forbes, Iva Micic, Lior Lamacchia
Set and Costume Design Assistant: Matt Iacozza

"Parallel Dreams" is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


Images of universe, galaxies & stars - Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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