Southern Machine Exposure Project 18 of 20
June 28, 2012

Torreya Cummings
Destry Rides Again, Again

Destry Rides Again, Again takes the form of two tableaux vivants adapted from the 1939 Marlene Dietrich film "Destry Rides Again", a western in which it is unclear if we're in 1870, 1939, Texas, Hollywood, or a nightclub. Tableaux were a popular form of 19th century parlor entertainment, largely replaced by cinema. For this piece, we combine Dietrich's 1930's cabaret, a 1870's Texas saloon, and stage it in a 2012 parlor.

Instead of physically wrestling one another (as in the abstracted scene from the movie) the actors will be fighting gravity, time, and fatigue by holding their mid-brawl positions for as long as they can.

Camera: Emily Lacy and Nicholas Almquist
Editor: Emily Lacy

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