Sarah East Johnson's Obie and Bessie Award winning all-woman LAVA premieres its latest Off-Broadway spectacle.
(w)HOLE is a unique theatrical spectacle using feats of intense skill and physical strength to explore geologic phenomena such as rock and volcano formation, punctuated equilibrium theory, and magnetic polarity reversal. Phenomenal acrobatic "tricks" will astound as they illustrate the interconnection between natural geologic phenomena and bodies in motion. Narrative elements using video and text are also included in the work.
(w)HOLE is an evocatively female acronym for (w)Hole History Of Life on Earth. Johnson stages this panoramic, boundary-defying work in the round, giving each individual audience member a unique point of view. Carefully looped music, video, and lighting will operate on their own random, independent cycles, mimicking the spiraling patterns of the forces that shaped our own evolutionary history and creating a uniquely varied performance each evening.
This theatrical work of extreme rigor and surprising chance is animated by the six artists who are LAVA: Natalie Agee, Diana Y. Greiner, Molly Chanoff, Sarah East Johnson, Eugenia Chiappe, Rebecca Stronger. It is conceived and directed by Sarah East Johnson with lighting by Chloe Brown, visual design by Nancy Brooks Brody, video projections by Heather Delaney, costumes by Liz Prince, music by Steve Hamilton and spoken words by Sini Anderson and Capital B.