Current Work


 
 
Portrait of the female Ethiopian saint, Walatta Petros. Image from  Wikipedia .

Portrait of the female Ethiopian saint, Walatta Petros. Image from Wikipedia.

Current Work (in Progress)

A new evening-length performance is in the works! As of December 2018, my collaborators and I are in the earliest stages of conceptual development for this new work. Although the project is early enough in its gestation not even to have a working title yet, the work centers on speculative explorations of two interrelated phenomena: the affective experience of divinity, and the varied modes of contemporary “worship” (e.g., at the altar of commodity capitalism, or in the shrine of dogmatic secularism) that we rely on as proxies to stand in for the divine in an otherwise disenchanted world.

As with our previous work, Abominable, our current work in progress will take some of its aesthetic and acoustic cues from Medieval imaginaries. However, contra the previous work’s prevailing critique of what we termed the “timbre of white masculinity,” our future work intends to center the redemptive powers of femininity by drawing on a range of female figures, with possibilities ranging from Hildegard of Bingen (a German Benedictine abbess, mystic, and composer) to Walatta Petros (a saint in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church).