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Mark Jeffery New Performance Forms: Illinois Arts Council Fellowship 2014
Work Sample Number 1:
Title of Work: The Operature
Date: Video from Performing House: York, UK October 16th 2013, Chicago Premier March 21st – 29th 2014
Length: 90 minutes
Video is a 3minute and 52 second edit of the Performance I directed and choreographed. It is edited to present the large scale nature of the work and to show how integrated the performance, technology, installation and audience interaction is important to this work and how I am developing a new voice in performance.
The Operature has been the largest scale work I have made to date taking over two years to make. The Operature is a live performance and augmented reality poem engaging themes of forensics, anatomy and spectacle. The work’s choreography, text, and overall form and structure are influenced by research into archives including early modern anatomical theatre, Francis Glessner Lee’s miniature crime scene re-enactments known as the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, and The Stud File, an encrypted queer autobiographical record of the sexual exploits of Samuel Steward, a 20th century tattoo artist, pornographer, and friend of Gertrude Stein.
Original at Vimeo