lay of this land (2012-2016) is a solo performance of the action is primary practice, where the score is re-designed as a roving decision making mechanism, responsive to each moment, like a ship waiting for a wave. Any task is available at any time; holding what you are doing at the center of what you are doing is paramount.
Things illuminated: states of attention as they relate to physical action and sensation - quality of decision-making. spectrum of attention - how different modes of decision-making feel or are conscious or not. emotional response and expression based in what? multiplicity of narratives in a single event/moment. conscious versus unconscious layering of action to alter identification/experience. directed versus witnessed decisions. felt versus visualized trajectories.
It warbles, wrestles, falls, declares, and re-orients around the present moment, testing the tension between affect and effect, chance and construct, and you and me in this present moment. Moving through the terrain of the physical site, there is a lot of it.
Creation and direction Meg Foley Performance Meg Foley and Annie Wilson Costumes, sound design, lights, props + set variable, based on the performance context Run time 20 minutes
watch an early performance (2012) of lay of this land at TEDx here. or an excerpted 2013 performance at CATCH! Takes Philly here. or a 7 month pregnant performance (2015) at CATCH! here.
Development support provided in part by University of the Arts, Neighborhood House Theatre, and Toronto Summer Love-In