Inspired by text from Rosalind Krauss's essay, "The Impulse to See", SPECTACLE uses abstract puppetry to envision and play out "Fantasmic Products", "shards of the inorganic", "transmutation" and "an endless pulse".
Brehm conjures a whimsical yet treacherous portrait of the Zoetrope (a 19th century optical entertainment).
A mechanical forest of spinning and flickering zoetropes suddenly spew out a fantasmic angel puppet. Her entrance prompts a cathartic geyser of silk that blankets the stage in softness and light. Inhabited by fantastical puppet creatures, this reverie is quickly disrupted and destroyed by a final, stunning pulse of destruction.
created and directed by Kate Brehm
developed through the Here Artist Residency Program and Dream-Music Puppetry Program, NYC 2004-06
supported by a Chashama Visual Arts Area Award and One Arm Red space residency.
Alexis Macnab, Lindsay Abromaitis-Smith, Tony Feummeler, Yoko Myoi, Hannah Emmerech, Erin Orr, Aaron Unger, Marina Libel, Sarah Lafferty
Sound Design by Greg Wildes with assistance from Kate Brehm and Greg Duffin
Light Design by Benjamin Tevelov
pictures by Raymond Smith and Jon Meyer