They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain
Charts the story of a film that caused a revolution. Using Peter Whitehead’s 1969 cult film The Fall, and its rumored influence on international political activism in the 1970s, the performance combines firsthand interviews and the company's blend of video and movement-based performance to create a unique form of lecture performance. Staged within the genre of performance lectures, the play explores the connections between image and action, artist and activist.
Several years ago, director Kathryn Hamilton began to explore a provocative story: that British director Peter Whitehead’s seldom-seen 1969 film The Fall inspired the 1973 student occupations in Athens that ultimately forced the junta to cede power and restored democracy to Greece. Based on interviews with leaders of the Columbia University occupation by the SDS in 1968 (captured in the film), Peter Whitehead makes the case between art and politics, utopianism and nihilism, and the potential for art to affect social change. They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain uses these materials, along with the experiences of the artists involved, to explore the relationship between the image and action.
Company: Kathryn Hamilton, Kelsea Martin, Cyrus Moshrefi (with a special appearance by Parivash Borojeni)
Text by: Kathryn Hamilton in collaboration with the performers and Jeremy M. Barker
Directed by: Kathryn Hamilton
Dramaturgy & Chicken Wrangling by: Jeremy M. Barker
Video by: Cyrus Moshrefi and Peter Lorrimer Whitehead
Lighting Design by: Bruce Steinberg
Assistant Director: Ry Szelong
Master Carpenter: Jennifer Gustavson
PREMIERE AT JACK, SEPTEMBER 2015
AT THE PUBLIC THEATER'S UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL, JANUARY 2016
More Press to Come.
Sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). It was developed over two residencies: The Park Avenue Armory (invited guest by Sasha Frere-Jones), where it was shown as part of the Armory’s “Under Construction Series” in November 2014, and a developmental residency from KÖŞE performance space in Istanbul. Additional support came from the Mental Insight Foundation. They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain was developed through a residency with Dixon Place in NYC and partially funded by the Jerome Foundation.