‘Thirst’ is inspired and made by water. Two women in matching dress carry a clear glass vessel to the water’s edge and fill it. They strain under the weight of the heavy jug, but undeterred, head toward their goal—a small drinking glass on a pedestal. The vessels are riddled with holes, however, and steadily leak down the front of the women’s dresses, marking their futile effort, and leaving behind only a disappearing trail. The women work in sequence, building a rhythm, passing in the middle between shoreline and glass. They witness the other, recognizing the places of strain and relief, but even together, they never are able to fulfill the goal; the glass cannot be filled. They simply continue.
Longva+Carpenter collaborative performance
Performed for 2 hours; intended to be performed for a full work day: 8 hours
Foster Lake, Alfred, NY • May 2011
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