1. Clouded Sulphur (death is a knot undone) Excerpt Scene 1

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    Created in response to the tragic, unsolved murder of a 15 year old Los Angeles girl, Clouded Sulphur (death is a knot undone) navigates a complex terrain of family, loss, revenge, and unexpected hope through a multidisciplinary performance work that merges puppetry, projection, text, and music. Set at the edge of Los Angeles, where the untamed landscape meets the city, the performance centers on absence and the range of feelings that flow through brokenness (revenge, disbelief, unexpected floods of compassion and hope). Directed by Janie Geiser Written by Erik Ehn Music composed by Valerie Opielski Set Design: Sarah Krainin Video Design: Carole Kim Lighting Design: Jeff Teeter Costume Design: Catherine Adell Technical Design/Direction: Sarah Sowell Puppet Design: Janie Geiser Cast: Baxley Andresen, Catherine Adell, Park Cofield, Cindy Derby, Tane Kawasaki, Jesse Kingsley, Moira MacDonald, Gina Napolitan, Erin O'Donnell, Whitney Rodriguez, and Hilario Saavedra.

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    • The Spider's Wheels (documentation of installation)

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      The Spider’s Wheels, Parts 1-3 Conceived, directed, video by Janie Geiser Music: Valerie Opielski The Spider's Wheels is an installation in three parts, all viewed within a single room/viewing space; it centers on the struggle of a fictitious of a forgotten early film performer, the star of a (fictitious) serial about a female detective “The Spider”. The central section of the installation, shown here as an excerpt of the 3 minute loop, shows The Spider crawling through a tunnel, projected on all surfaces of a mechanical, slamming box. Part 1: A small corner projection, on a sewn vellum screen; the woman's face with a white spider crawling on it. Part 2: A 5'long mechanical box; projected on all sides with The Spider crawling around the box; after about 90 seconds, the perforated metal flaps open---the film is still projected, but now on the softer plexiglas/sewn surface. The Spider can't go further---and 30 seconds later, the flaps slam back down. She begins to crawl backwards, and her clothes begin to tear as she moves backwards, and she loses her shoes. At the 3 minute point, the cycle begins again, and she starts to crawl around the closed box. The music is on a 6 minute loop; the second 3 minutes follow the basic structure of the first, but with variations. Part 3: Along one of the walls of the room, the viewer can enter another area, walk up 2 steps to a closed door, and open the peephole. A scene unfolds inside (with the same music playing), and The Spider appears in closeup, this time with a large spider crawling around her face. Materials: Digital video from found sources and 16mm film shot for the installation. Sanded, sewn, and printed Plexiglas, perforated aluminum, welded steel, motor. Room sized installation. Mechanical Box dimensions (closed): 50" x 29" x 11" Collaborators: Bill Ballou, motor and welded frame; Valerie Opielski, sound. Performer: Andrea LeBlanc Carpenter: Jerry Buszek Assistant Lighting Design: Kristy Baltezore Presented as part of the City of Los Angeles Artist Fellowship exhibition; partly developed at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

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      • Clouded Sulphur (death is a knot undone) Excerpts, scenes 1 and 2

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        Created in response to the tragic, unsolved murder of a 15 year old Los Angeles girl, Clouded Sulphur (death is a knot undone) navigates a complex terrain of family, loss, revenge, and unexpected hope through a multidisciplinary performance work that merges puppetry, projection, text, and music. Set at the edge of Los Angeles, where the untamed landscape meets the city, the performance centers on absence and the range of feelings that flow through brokenness (revenge, disbelief, unexpected floods of compassion and hope). Directed by Janie Geiser Written by Erik Ehn Music composed by Valerie Opielski Set Design: Sarah Krainin Video Design: Carole Kim Lighting Design: Jeff Teeter Costume Design: Catherine Adell Technical Design/Direction: Sarah Sowell Puppet Design: Janie Geiser Cast: Baxley Andresen, Catherine Adell, Park Cofield, Cindy Derby, Tane Kawasaki, Jesse Kingsley, Moira MacDonald, Gina Napolitan, Erin O'Donnell, Whitney Rodriguez, and Hilario Saavedra. PUPPET AND PROP CONSTRUCTION: Baxley Andersen, Kristy Baltezore, Nicole Emmons, Tempe Hale, Jesse Kingsley, Moira MacDonald, Gina Napolitan, Erin O’Donnell, Daphne Rosenthal, Kevin Taylor, and Luis Tintendo, with Park Cofield, Cindy Derby, Marsian Delellis, Alexander Demers, Alexis Macnab, David Moyer, Ambar Navarro, Dustin Neiderman, Leah Olbrich, Alexandra Perry, and Deena Selenow.

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