Vine of the Dead explores the place and meaning of ritual in the 21st century by attempting to communicate across the divide between life and death. In a series of 11 rituals, the performance channels personal experiences of death and transcendence while exploring the spirituality of skepticism. Created and performed by Obie and Bessie Award-winning director and designer Jim Findlay and interaction and sound designer Ryan Holsopple, the performance conjures alternate realms of perception and consciousness through a dense visual and sonic landscape.
Performed by Jake Denney, Aleta Findlay, Jim Findlay, Ryan Holsopple, Maurina Lioce, and Jessie Tidball
Written by Jim Findlay and Jeff Jackson
Costumes and Masks by Andreea Mincic
Produced by Joel Bassin and the Collapsable Giraffe
This performance / exhibition is part of Intermediaries, a 2016 program co-commissioned and presented by the Invisible Dog and Immediate Medium and funded by the New York State Council on the Arts.
The May 28 performance of Vine of the Dead is being broadcast live on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM in New York’s Upper Hudson Valley and online.
Vine of the Dead was made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; a 2015 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Artist Grant; and the MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funds come from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; PSC-CUNY Research Award; The Nancy Quinn Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) and Immediate Medium’s AGENCY program.
Vine of the Dead was developed in part during residencies at the Collapsable Hole, New York, NY; Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, NY; and Mount Tremper Arts, Mt. Tremper, NY. It was first performed at Westbeth Arts Center in October and November of 2015 in the space which has now recently re-opened as the Collapsable Hole.