Base Independent Production
“Only in existing do I become eternal.”
- Soren Kierkegaard, Concluding Unscientific Postscript, p. 508.
Drawing on contemporary events and paintings from the Western canon, including Raphael’s Vision of a Knight (1504), Jusepe de Ribera’s The Vision of Belshazzar (1635), and Santi di Tito’s Portrait of Niccolò Machiavelli (second half of 16th century), ✞aaaa✞ explores the covenant of political power and its genesis in the storm of human existence. Combining elements of dance, visual art, installation, and doom techno DJ stylings, Lawrence stages the image as a locating strategy for meaning and solidarity.
Concept/Direction, Writing, Scenic design: Carl Lawrence
Visual art, Projections: Nick Bartoletti
Creative direction: Matt Drews
Art direction: Sean Waple
Music: Kayla Waldorf (Aos)
Choreography: Emma Wheeler, Matt Drews
Costumes: Hannah Larson
Dramaturgy: Lindsay Barr
Lighting: Dave Proscia
Technical director: John DeShazo
This project is partially funded by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture as a part of their smART ventures grant program. It was also developed with the support of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, and Base: Experimental Arts + Space through creative residencies in October and November 2018. Lawrence is the 2018 Anchor Tenant at Base.
Image by SALT PHOTO/Sean Waple