Tungsten (artery) is a multidisciplinary performance integrates elements of Bunraku puppetry, shadows, video, sound, and text to create elliptical/emotional rumination on our mortality, our earthliness, our dust.
Tungsten (artery) centers on Cora, a contemporary Persephone, whose existential dilemma forms the center of the play. Asleep on a commuter train entering New York, Cora can’t remember where she is coming from, and isn’t sure where she is going. What does it mean to be free of the earth and in love with it; to be possessed by the earth and in doubt; to be born of the earth and to crush it; to be crushed by the earth and thereby freed. Tungsten (artery) was commissioned by, and premiered at, the Getty Villa Theater Lab in February 2015, with additional support from the Jim Henson Foundation.
Janie Geiser (director/video/puppetry, Erik Ehn (playwright), Shannon Scrofano (installation/space), Carole Kim (Video Design). Commissioned by the Getty Villa Theater Lab, with additional support from the Jim Henson Foundation.