GO FORTH photo Christopher Myers

World Premiere

Theater, Installation

January 7-12

GO FORTH
Kaneza Schaal (USA)

Drawing inspiration from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, GO FORTH is a performance and photo installation that considers how we create space in our lives for the presence of the absent. Burial is proposed not as erasure but as offering restitution and performing rites.

The 3,000-year-old funerary text is approached as an ancient performance score: excavating the spells and incantations to create a series of burial vignettes, fragments of translation, memory and imagination. Photographic funerary murals usher the audience into a mythological underground landscape. Galvanized by the intimate relationship between black people and death around the world, GO FORTH paves way for its audience to reflect on their individual and collective mourning processes.

Director: Kaneza Schaal
Designer: Christopher Myers
Sound Artist and Performer: Justin Hicks
Lighting Designer: Ashley Vellano
Producer: Liz Sargent
Stage Manager: Bonnie McHeffey
Dramaturge: Joshua Lubin-Levy
Performers: William Nadylam, David Thomson
Film Performer: April Matthis
Voice Recording: Nate Alston

60 minutes running time

After the Saturday, January 9 performance of GO FORTH, Saisha Grayson will lead a conversation with Kaneza Schaal and collaborators about the history of performance and performance of history rooted in bodies, archeology and collaborative process.

 
“As you watch the corpses of your brothers and your sisters pile up around you… when you try to stand up and look the world in the face like you have a right to be here… you have attacked the entire power structure of the Western world.”
— James Baldwin

Kaneza Schaal is a New York City based artist. She came up in the downtown experimental theater community, first working with The Wooster Group, then with other companies and artists including Elevator Repair Service, Richard Maxwell/New York City Players, Claude Wampler, Jay Scheib, Jim Findlay, New York City Opera and National Public Radio. This work brought her to venues including Centre Pompidou, Royal Lyceum Theater Edinburgh, REDCAT, The Whitney Museum, BAM, The Kitchen, St. Ann’s Warehouse and MoMA. Schaal’s new work, GO FORTH was commissioned by Performance Space 122 with support from the Jerome Foundation 50th Anniversary Grant. Schaal was an Artist in Residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and received a 2014 Princess Grace Award grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space residency, Bogliasco Fellowship and Princess Grace George C. Wolfe Award. She was a member of Kara Walker’s 6-8 Months Space and her video work appeared in Visionaire. Schaal has been invited to speak at New York University, Yale University, the River-to-River Festival and her alma mater Wesleyan University, CT.

Westbeth Artists Housing is a nonprofit housing and commercial complex dedicated to providing affordable living and working space for artists and arts organizations in New York City.

Westbeth Artists Community is located in Greenwich Village, Manhattan and is accessible by the A/C/E subway lines at 14th Street. This famous region on the west side of Manhattan is home to Washington Square Park, New York University, Cooper Union, St. Marks Place and a host of independent film houses and Off-Broadway theaters. Westbeth Artists Community is close to Hudson Street, where audiences can pick from a plethora of restaurants scattered throughout.

 

Aside from untold numbers of shopping and dining options, there are plenty of neighborly activities…for recreation-seekers without memberships to the area’s multiple gyms, the Hudson River and its well-traveled waterside trails are a short walk away. – The New York Times

 
123
 


Featured image by Christopher Myers
 

GO FORTH is commissioned by Performance Space 122 with support from the Jerome Foundation and co-presented by Performance Space 122 and Westbeth Artists Community. GO FORTH was supported by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and was developed as part of PS122’s RAMP residency series, Baryshnikov Arts Center residency with support from the Princess Grace Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space Residency, and a Bogliasco Fellowship. Additional support provided by the Axe-Houghton Foundation.

 

Beer generously donated by Harlem Brewing Company.


Harlem Brewing Company

  • Follow-up from our last post: Study of studs at our 67 West St office. #studs @ 67 West https://t.co/HnyJELRirg

  • Study of studs over at 150 1st Avenue as captured by #122CC architects deborahberkepartners.… https://t.co/MoB73PcQaW

  • Blue light #VR tests with @therealXXXY @mindridellc as part of #ps122virtual. @samsungmobile @DorisDukeFdn https://t.co/5lyYlqtKDv

  • .@mrs_truscott's Asking For It! comedy abt rape returns anew. You will laugh/cringe so hard. Thurs, 9:30p @JoesPub

  • Sneak peek into #VR tests with xxxy_1 mindridellc #ps122virtual samsungmobile Thanks,… https://t.co/2sx8sFGolv

  • As we head #backtoschool, it's important to remember that arts are essential - not extra: https://t.co/2NDoF0kWRj Thx @TurnaroundArts!

  • RT @auscouncilarts: Attend #performingarts events in #NYC! EOIs close 29 Aug @PS122 #COILfestival @ISPA_global @UTRFestival #APAPNYC htt…

  • Mesmerizing #VR dance in the @ps122 office with Senior Producer benjaminakio. @ Greenpoint Loft https://t.co/Yhft5QgGXq

  • These past 2 weeks had us silently prepping for the future. Explore the profound & unpredictable with us: https://t.co/92K8DHDHy3 #soon

  • RT @MrSteinbergMatt: I'm voting #Karen4Prez b/c on my 19th birthday @PS122 she sprayed me with honey and masturbated on my friend's shoe. h…

  • RT @hyperjetlag: MELBOURNE. If u loved the @PS122 shows last year, check this one out Thank You For Coming: Attendance @melbfestival https…

  • RT @petermarksdrama: Theater word of the night: catharsis.

  • RT @VegasNocturne: This could be the worst night of the greatest show that nobody ever saw. @thehouseofyes starting July 22 Tickets: https:…

  • RT @nytimesarts: A concert to benefit the Black Lives Matter movement has become tragically timely https://t.co/nTWqaiBuKZ https://t.co/L3b…

  • RT @mistermysterio: Why did no one mention to me that #TheLobster is like vintage Richard Maxwell from his @PS122 days?

  • RT @DanceCriticsDCA: Reshuffling at New York Live Arts https://t.co/Lvr5jzl0vL

  • Long live the #frillbilly! @daneterrynyc https://t.co/7PCp07MY0p

  • Last chance to catch #RAMP16 tonight! @daneterrynyc https://t.co/bxCNtIgEjy https://t.co/ectSi6mGET

  • See the dreamy daneterrynyc tomorrow night at 8pm @EzERoca for a work-in-progress showing via… https://t.co/bzGddn8eDD

  • Thanks to everyone that came out to the #generativecity long table. Special thanks to @GVCChamber for co-hosting!

MENU
ps122-logo-small-2