With a script that draws inspiration from Donna Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto, Samuel Delany’s novel Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, and text from early ACT UP demonstrations, this ongoing project examines the ways in which infection and disease are imagined and embodied in relationship to microscopic renderings of the human body. Set in science fiction rehearsal studio where the parameters of the performer’s bodies are not clear, Rehearsal re-maps molecular and viral entities in a speculative world in which color has unsettling extra-sensory capacities.

Formally titled The Artifacts of an Invented Body, two early workshops were held at the Wild Project (Summer, 2015) and Movement Research at Judson Church (Fall, 2016). This piece was most recently presented through a residency at Chashama’s Times Square Studio Theatre.

Chashama (New York City), Spring 2017

Writing and Direction: Marc Arthur
Performers: Marc Arthur and Richard Kennedy
Sound Design: Aaron David Ross

Movement Research at Judson Church (New York City), Fall 2016
Writing and Direction: Marc Arthur
Performers: Marc Arthur, Ryan Lawrence, and Charles P. Way

Wild Project (New York City), Summer 2015
Workshop presentation
Performers: Marc Arthur and Ryan Lawrence

Photographs and video by James Emmerman