A membrane sun drum with string filaments extending through space is at the center of the lake in the south bufas of Mono Lake, a surreal solar system of our unconscious in which the apocalypse has already happened. Behind this sun, an unknown monster, menacing to confront us with our own darkness.
The creatures on this land, figures of nascent light, debonded from the constructs of another human world, must fall into the abyss of darkness to find the true nature within themselves and give birth to a new collective mythology in order to survive. For this they must find in destruction the cause of coming to being, to find the love that lives in the dark corner, to find the sacredness in our relationship to nature as part of ourselves, and the will to live.
Bajo la Sombra del Sol is a performative hypertextural scenic work that is staged, and makes communion, at the natural landscape of Mono Lake, California. Using the creation of myth as a way to reintegrate the notion of ecstasy in the social realm to define our ontological principles and communal consecration to social togetherness.
Structured in nine chapters, the performance traverses five sites in Mono Lake during five interventions, from sunrise to sundown. It can be experienced in three ways: as part of a minimal live audience; on video, with immersive four-channel sound design, within a sculptural, multi-screen theatrical environment; and an online screening with stereo sound design.
*Under special use permit from California State Parks
**This project was supported, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant