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 experiencing.
STOREFRONT DIVA – Phase One
~ A performance in a theatrical setting inspired by Joseph Cornell’s dreams and our fascination with private lives ~
Concept by Joan La Barbara
This project is a collaboration with composer Joan La Barbara and pianist Kathleen Supova, Marija Plavsic and myself. “Storefront Diva” is inspired by a dream fragment from Joseph Cornell’s Journals, in which he described seeing Debussy playing piano in a store, through the window.
Phase One took place on December 27, 2011 from 4 – 8 pm at 159 Bleecker St. a pop-up store location directly opposite Le Poisson Rouge, in the heart of Greenwich Village, Manhattan. Supova will perform a composition by La Barbara in a special set and costume designed by Marija Plavsic, accompanied by my video installation. The audience was able to see and hear Supova playing through the store window. Creating a fusion of past and present, and of dream and waking states.
“Storefront Diva” was made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, with addition funding from the New York University Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Fund and American Music Center/Composer Assistance Program. Generous support was also provided by Yamaha Artist Services and Materials for the Arts, DCA.
STOREFRONT DIVA – Phase TWO
was premiere April 25th 2013 at The Flea Theatre, NYC, as a part of Kathleen Supova’s “Digital Debussy”.
Diva layers live musical gestures into the sonic atmosphere, blending bowed and plucked piano, electronics and vocal winds into an other-worldly environment. Set pieces and video juxtapose time and space, past and present creating a dream sequence coexisting with life.
This is second phase of Store Front Diva a collaboration with composer Joan La Barbara and pianist Kathleen Supova, Marija Plavsic and myself.
Concept & Music by Joan La Barbara
Video Installation by Aleksandar Kostic
Scenic and Costume Design by Marija Plavsic Kostic
Pianist Kathleen Supova