Clouded Sulphur (death is a knot undone) (2013)
Clouded Sulphur is a multidisciplinary performance directed by Janie Geiser, written by Erik Ehn, with music by Valerie Opielski. Clouded Sulphur was created in response to the tragic, unsolved 2002 murder of a 15-year old Los Angeles girl. Brenda Sierra disappeared one morning on her way to school in Montebello. Her body was found the next day near the Crestline Highway in the San Bernardino National Forest, two hours away.
Clouded Sulphur navigates a complex terrain of family, loss, revenge, and unexpected hope through a multidisciplinary performance work that merges puppetry, projection, text, and music. Set at the edge of Los Angeles, where the untamed landscape meets the city, the performance centers on absence and the range of feelings that flow through brokenness: revenge, disbelief, unexpected floods of compassion and hope. Informed by Bunraku theater and by the complex emotional landscape of Los Angeles, Clouded Sulphur (death is a knot undone) explores the presence of absence, and the lack of finality that comes with horrific or unimaginable loss. Presented at Automata in early 2013 and at the Redcat’s Fall 2013 RadarLA Festival . A Project of Automata.