folds presents a sensory journey from the present to the past, engaging with the voices of other artists and bringing the ephemeral nature of sound and thought into dialogue with the tangible world. An array of paper objects — sculptures, manuscripts, scraps woven between the strings of the violin — highlights the importance of capturing the art and thought of past centuries. These traces of our physical world further serve as an impulse to reflect on our current dependency on the digital and virtual realms.
The performance takes as its starting point the first cantata of the collection Sino alla morte by the remarkable 17th-century composer Barbara Strozzi, a cantata that is fragmented and dovetailed with Rosenberger’s audiovisual response. Ghostly projections and evocative electroacoustic sounds drawn from paper complement Cuckson’s expressive playing. In a digitized world, these artists ask, what keeps us engaged with physical objects? This show is their question, and also their answer.
folds has been generously supported by National Sawdust and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
Artists & Cast:
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Katharina Rosenberger, composer
John Burnett, media artist
4 local stage assistants
Duration: 25 minutes