Through a union of dance-making and the expansive structure of Japanese Noh theater, movement-theater artist David Neumann incorporates technology, weather reports, and personal narratives in an examination of our impulse to report on calamity in the face of traumatic change and in the proximity of death.
As Hurricane Sandy slammed into the eastern US, David Neumann’s father was dying. With the storm ascending the seaboard, his father sank deeper into dementia. To see beyond the surface of catastrophe and to understand what animates death, Neumann drew upon Einstein’s challenge to “look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.” The result is a “deftly strange and confident” (New York Times) performance that blurs the roles of dying and caretaking, and in Neumann’s words, “walks the thin line between the purely presentational and the deeply personal.”
Photo by Maria Baranova