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

Over the last few years, I have been looking for ways to express an experience from my life using live performance, film and music. Sometimes when I wake up I don’t know if I am awake or I am still dreaming. 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. I’m about to explore this experience through a live performance and a film project bearing the same title: “Parallel Dreams”.
Aleksandar Kostic


Parallel Dreams


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 Supov
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)