nostos//algos

Devised performance

Created by: Ioana Jucan, Maurice Decaul, Juwon Jun, Amanda Andrei, Jing Xu

Directed by: Ioana Jucan

Performed by: Maurice Decaul, Juwon Jun, Ioana Jucan

Video by: Juwon Jun

Music by: Asha Tamirisa

Sound design: Ioana Jucan

Performed at: February 2018 at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Black Box Theatre as part of A Winter Gathering, an interdisciplinary performance event showcasing new works in performance art, video, electroacoustic music, and participatory musical improvisation. Produced by Sleeping Weazel.

Photo credit: David Marshall

In this collaborative performance piece,  Ioana Jucan (performance-maker and cross-genre writer hailing from Romania), Maurice Decaul (Caribbean-American poet and playwright), Amanda Andrei (Filipina Romanian American playwright), Jing Xu (performer and visual artist hailing from China and Sweden), and Juwon Jun (interdisciplinary video artist with roots in South Korea) work with a variety of collected and imagined materials weaving a multiplicity of inner and outer worlds across a fragmented dreamscape to explore the contradictions and im/possibilities of diasporic experience. Reworking textures of history and memory built in the heart, they devise a ritual that one does in the absence of a home, when confronted with the realization that, perhaps, home is but an idealized place that does not actually exist except in one’s mind.