Clytigation: State of Exception

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Saturday, Oct 10
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

ATLAS Black Box Experimental Studio, Roser ATLAS Center, University of Colorado Boulder

Event Details

Michelle Ellsworth explains Clytigation during the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat.

Energetically performed by Michelle Ellsworth, this piece collides an ancient Greek text with the Internet, Guantanamo Bay, an aerial drone and live video processing, demonstrating the performers “over-the-counter counter-terrorism” protocols for avoiding surveillance and interpersonal drama in the modern age.

It is also described as an investigation of the impact of wars on bodies and legal protocols, the narrative is loosely based on the text of the Oresteia, focusing on the character of Clytemnestra, who employs a body-double, a mobile-device-friendly website and various other modern technologies to shuffle, technologize and outsource the unpleasant narrative.

Premiered in Portland, Oregon, in August, this is the second location Ellsworth has performed Clytigation. The set includes a box, a bike, a typewriter and a coin operated choreography generator.

Michelle Ellsworth, associate director of the ATLAS Institute’s Center for Media, Arts and Performance (CMAP) and associate professor at CU’s Department of Theatre and Dance, was among just 100 artists in the country recognized with a Doris Duke Foundation Impact Award, which goes to artists in the fields of music, theater and dance.

Free and open to the public.

The ATLAS Black Box theater is located in the basement (level B2) in the Roser ATLAS building on the CU-Boulder campus.