STOREFRONT DIVA – Phase One
Parallel Dreams was presented on FIGMENT, Governor Island, house #15 in Nolan Park. June 7 & June 8, 2014.
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.
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.
“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.
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