BODY SHIP is a multimedia sci-fi opera that explores the physical and spiritual weight of colonialism through multiple dimensions of time and space. BODY SHIP is created by experimental musician Anna Luisa Petrisko in collaboration with soprano & sound artist White Boy Scream (Micaela Tobin) and video artist Miko Revereza. In it, two sisters study Ferdinand Magellen’s route to the Philippines. As a healing exercise, they turn their bodies into spaceships and travel along Magellen’s route reconfigured onto the cosmos.
This production is led by a team of three artists with Filipino ancestry whose work shares similar themes about colonialism and diaspora. BODY SHIP aims to unpack the colonial implications of time travel in science fiction and explores the idea of re-indigenization as an act of re-dignifying, and re-culturing as a liberating practice. These themes are prevalent in Jeepneys’ work at large. In her art practice, she has been creating a mythological re-indigenized universe with its own sonic, visual, and movement language. Her hand-painted patterned bodysuits are a new skin that reference indigenous Filipino tattooing practices.
BODY SHIP premiered at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts (REDCAT) New Original Works Festival in July 2016. We are currently seeking venues and support for this project nationally and internationally.
Music composed by Anna Luisa Petrisko featuring India Cooke (violin)