Last Year, The Universe (2005)

Experimental Theater

Last Year, The Universe…it came to me in a dream was performed at Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Theater in the East Village in 2005. First developed as a part of the Ontological’s five month Outside/Input residency program for emerging artists, this show stretched Temporary Distortion’s investigation of stillness and silence in the theater to its most radical end yet.

Isolated in one of Temporary Distortion’s signature “box” structures, an unnamed man and woman struggle to explore the memories of an unrequited love through blank stares, static dialogue, stillness and songs.  This work dealt explicitly with the group’s investigation of the effects of minimalism and stillness as a performative method and examined the expressive potential of these strategies in the form of theater.

Produced by Temporary Distortion
Written & Directed by Kenneth Collins
Video Design by William Cusick
Costume Design by TaraFawn Marek
Music by Andrew Elsesser

Premiered in 2005 at The Ontological-Hysteric Theater in NYC