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What three substantives better characterize life in the nineties? Pain and suffering are turned banal in our New World Order, accompanied by the relentless logic of economic rationalization. Be it labeled millennial, existential, sexual, racial or political…fear or dread continues to intensify both within us and through our actions. Paranoia or deluded suspicion is but one more symptom of our times.
This evening’s program includes work from 1998 that nuance our times: Fever by Michael Caines, a paranoid dream of a second coming; the last split second by Judith Doyle, a story which moves from shock to pain as we revisit the trauma of a collision scene; and the premiere of Janine Marchessault’s Numerology of Fear, a tape that explores disturbing landscapes of fear across five short and seemingly unrelated stagings. Others to be announced.