Steeplechase is a two-hour durational performance on loop that uses a combined script of my parents favorite films (my mothers: Gone with the Wind and my fathers: Fiddler on the Roof) as a sound structure or rhythm to explore my position within my own American and Polish Immigrant heritage.
The loop, constructed in the aesthetic of a steeplechase continues to build on top of itself as objects are reconstructed, destroyed and dragged over the period of two hours. Running through a wilderness of foam bricks, plastic foliage, noise makers and pumps this “Americana utopian nightmare” draws on my exploration in stunt movement and clowning. The dedication to understand these obstacles is critical, but an obstacle never stays the same for long. The layout of the course contains an outdoor area with two jumps one wood and one foam, one balance beam a foot pump, buckets filled with repairing materials, bubble wrap, bricks, fake vines and a astroturf plinth.
Quotes from accompanying publication:
"the states of in betweenness, this Jewish southern queer thing. Lately I've been dealing with it by subscribing to this idea that when I am home I am just an animal. I clean myself, eat, fart, fuck, sleep and in those moments there is no future or past."
"A hero on a journey though a maze. A person who finds pleasure in falling. A man who is killed by his tractor. A child flung from her position. A mirage that plays fiddle on a roof. A character who has an infinite amount of lives. A boat that is made to float without passengers."
"As I began to chip away at the path before me, I realized I had no idea how to motivate myself. To keep moving in this new climate. So I started stacking everything I owned, until they made abstract, tall, sweeping, shapes. And when the time was right I would press my feet into the tower, creating a flat disk that could be stepped over."
"I am proud of myself for stepping over a low bar, I am proud of myself for leaping over a high bar. A middle bar is just as good. But what about a sideways bar? Or a rolling bar? What about a bar that rattles like rain or floats like air?"
"An artist who is trying to hold themself and objects together, repeatedly, physically. A way to feel comfortable with extensive cross-referencing, poetic mumbles and frantic bodies, A guide to how an artist can make meaning to build their own world. "