MY INNER SOLE:
MY INNER SOLE The Performance is the second part of a trilogy and follows MY INNER SOLE - (The Art Installation, exhibited in 2009 in Healdsburg CA. )
Premiered in The Lion Theater, Theater Row in 2010
18 Skeletons are the backdrop to 18 seamless scenes shifting in a dream like sequence. A narrator (actor Cynthia Adler) unfolds painful memories from a mother, a Holocaust survivor, to her daughter as she grows up. Confronting both women is Aunt Hinda, a survivor herself, (actor Kathryn Grody) who desperately clings to life with gusto and refuses to look back. A Japanese man clad in a Kimono (Kenji Nakano) enters ceremonially adding and removing skeletons. A nude doll with a mask dances with a long train of sheer red fabric (choreographer Wendy Osserman) to the tunes of a Yiddish tango. A tattooed Puppeteer (dancer Pepper Fajans) appears in a tender dance with a life size skeleton. A musician (Mac Gollehon) crosses the stage into the audience playing the trumpet over Indian chants. A duet "The Blood Line", (Wendy Osserman and Pepper Fajans) closes this autobiographical piece as the voice of the narrator (Adler as Kurtz) reverberate over the lounge music: "Narrative has a very slow metabolism, if it is a bedtime story, it will be chewed from generation to generation, it will have many lives, it will affect our judgment, it will affect our life".... The performance was followed by
View full performance, length 51:49 min
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MY INNER SOLE - WORKSHOP RETREAT
HILLSDALE, NY August 2010
photography Michael Hnatov www.mhnatov.com
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An exploration of the artist’s familial memory that takes form through the interaction of sculpture, video and textual elements. My Inner Sole uses common objects, shoes and cloth, to unravel the stories that were passed down to Kurtz by her mother, a concentration camp survivor. Kurtz’s surreal tableau reimagines her inherited experience of loss.
The project was installed in its first incarnation at SlaughterhouseSpace in Healdsburg, California, from June 27 to August 17, 2009. It included an original score by Kristin Norderval and videos made in collaboration with Steve Kimelman and Liz Magic Laser. A live performance is also in the works. The project is intended to extend and reconfigure these components with new ones depending on its spatial and cultural site.
Zuzka Kurtz in collaboration with Liz Magic Laser
Single channel video
Shifting between hands sewing with a needle and then with a machine, the artist’s voice recounts her family’s narrative. Her stories oscillate from porous to particular. The hands seem to emerge from the viewer’s point of view, implicating the onlooker in the narrative’s subjectivity.
My Inner Sole
Written by Zuzka Kurtz
Foreward by Mary Lanier
Design by Oriana Reich
First edition book, forty pages, ISBN 978-0-615-29026-3
The book chronicles the cast of eighteen skeletal characters that participate in the sculptural installation.
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