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.
“I thought that nostos//algos especially did a fine job crafting beautiful images in the theater space. There were so many points where I felt I could snap a photograph of what was in front of me and have the image exist as a work of art on its own.” (Theatremirror)