The Silents’ performance (for Dérive) is an initial showing for a longer version to premier at the Ritz Theater in junction with Ben Siem's ALL NORA'S DAUGHTERS WILL FLY, Oct 18-21, 2007.
The Silents (for Dérive)
Dérive, (Presented by Flaneur Productions) Northwestern Casket Co. Building 1. Minneapolis, MN (2007)
The Silents (for Dérive), conceptualized and directed by Vanessa Voskuil, performed by Robert Haarmon, sound score by Ben Siems in collaboration with Jeremy Hauer and Vanessa Voskuil and film installation by Kevin Obsatz. The Silents’ performance(for Dérive) paves the way for a longer, evening length piece to premier at the Ritz Theater Oct 18-21, 2007.
Funding provided in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.
THE MORNING AFTER
April 6, 2007
"Vanessa Voskuil can’t touch material without changing it utterly. (Disclosure: Voskuil is a personal friend of mine.) From the moment dancer Robert Haarmon rushed into the darkened room on a blade of light, trailing a cloud of dust, I was in another world. After a spasmodic struggle in near dark cut sometimes with stabbing light, to a soundtrack of industrial scratches and grinds (the work of Ben Siems), Haarmon escaped from most of his clothes and walked calmly through the audience. He pressed the button for the elevator: in the darkness the door dinged and slid open, and the brilliant metal shined like angels as Haarmon stepped in. Meaning? If you can’t state one, you won’t miss it. In Voskuil’s work, image leads sense." - Lightsey Darst
"I (we) loved the performance...I imagined your piece to be something the filmmaker David Lynch might make if he were working in a different medium, particularly the arresting soundtrack...thank you for a challenging and inspiring evening. I'm seriously grateful to you for reminding me that artistic vision is alive in the Twin Cities. "
Choreographer, Dancer, Director
the Silents (for Dérive)
We As Makers
The Weight of Light
She is the Other
Should I Desire to Posess the Whole