Recently I have started working toward a new form of performance that speaks to the
desire to capture, whether the capture be a moment, a memory, someone else's desire,
or a ghost. Live performance is filled with ghosts, and depends upon the desire to
capture those things that are lost, to remember the dead, so that the deadc an continue
to speak to us and through us.
I combine video projections of moments of performance that are gone, and over these I
perform moments of the desire for capture and the failures of capture. I speak from
texts written in the surround, poetic and mythical narratives that were formed around
the moments of the projected performance's creation, and perform small ritual actions,
attempts to resurrect the dead through language, so that what emerges between the
words is a sense of loss, of becoming, and of rebirth.
Art that wants to help take the cobwebs out of your eyes.
Art that likes you and wants to know what you dream about
Art that has been here before, just like you.
Christopher Danowski is a theatre and performance artist. He has written over fifty plays, and directed and performed in living rooms galleries, and unusual spaces (sometimes in theaters). He was artistic director of Theater in My Basement from 1999-2013, and is now a member of Howl Theatre Project. He is based in Phoenix, and his work has been shown locally, in New York, Minneapolis, Seattle, Yucatán, Mexico City, Dublin, Laval, Vienna, and Berlin. He is currently working on a practice-based doctoral thesis on ritual possession and new media performance through Plymouth University (UK) and Transart Institute (Berlin/NYC).