Julie Anne Ward in collaboration with Bradley Kirkandale.
We let the work fold and unfold through a series of meetings, conversations, exchanges,
dialogues, rungs, treads, stages, tiers, steps, movements, and sounds. The work has four main
parts, four stories told in layers. Layer/track one is the truck itself. The truck must be present,
the sheer magnitude and physicality of the form is important, it grounds the work and it becomes
a natural stage for narration. The truck stands alone as an object. Layer/track two is a
consciously-composed sound piece that plays for the entirety of the performance, it is the
constant. It is the story of the truck, the story that is not seen, but is heard. The third layer/track
is a narration told through a deep elongated vibration of a single guitar string tuned to the key of
E that resonates and lingers throughout the performance. A male performer strums the chord.
He voices the singularity of the trucker; the singular narrative that is played while driving alone
for hours and hours. A female vocalist stands on the cat walk of the semi cab singing stories told
by Doug and Charlie while riding with them. Her performance is short, but powerful. She
represents the traditional role of narrator and she acts as the glue of the performance.