John Davis / Kerry Laitala + Voicehandler / Raha Raissnia + Panagiotis Mavridis
The works in this program explore imagined histories, the nature of memories, literal and metaphoric travel and motion. Kerry Laitala’s The City Luminous: Electric Salome (featuring dancer/choreographer Jenny Stulberg and with live soundtrack by Voicehandler) celebrates the groundbreaking light/costume/dance innovations of Loie Fuller as a progenitor of Performance Cinema itself. The Tehran-born, Brooklyn-based Raha Raissnia performs Mneme-3 and Litany, two performance works for 16mm film, projected slides and hand-painted screens with live soundtrack on hand-made instruments by Panagiotis Mavridis: “in Greek mythology Mneme is one of the three muses. Mneme puts together bits and pieces from the past and forms new meaning in the present.” Finally, John Davis’ The Dreaming Skull activates Gray Area’s Proscenium with quadrophonic film/audio channels.