JARMAN (all this maddening beauty)
Inspired by queer icon Derek Jarman, JARMAN (all this maddening beauty) merges video and live performance to reconstruct the essence of the cult figure, artistic legacy and punk movement through the Transatlantic lens of today. Can we ever fully recover our queer history or will our legends be forever pressed between the pages of the archive? JARMAN brings together a community of over 40 performers through video and sound, manipulated in real time by one performer whose own story of artistic survival unravels within that of Derek Jarman's.
Producing Company: force/collision
Text: Caridad Svich
Director / Performer: John Moletress
Video: Benjamin Carver
Sound: David Crandall
Scenic: Lisi Stoessel
John Moletress is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and Founding Director of force/collision, a performance ensemble based in Washington, D.C. He has created new work for both site and stage, having been performed at such venues as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, La MaMa ETC, Arena Stage, George Washington University and Unity Theatre for Homotopia!, among others. JohnMoletress.com / force-collision.org
Caridad Svich is a playwright, songwriter, editor, translator and founder of NoPassport, an international theatre alliance and press. Her awards and fellowships include a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, and NNPN rolling world premiere for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on the Isabel Allende novel, an NEA/TCG Playwriting Residency at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre, a TCG/PEW National Theatre Artist Residency at INTAR, the Rosenthal New Play Prize at the Cincinnati Playhouse, the 2007 Whitfield Cook Prize for New Writing at New Dramatists, and the 2003 National Latino Playwriting Award. She has also been a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, Jonathan R. Reynolds Playwright in Residence at Denison University, and Thurber House Fellow at Ohio State University.