Published January 31, 2022
A metamodernist, transapocalyptic play about learning how to live while preparing to die. A post-species love-fest blurring fact & fantasy, art & therapy.
Mountains is a play that Kyla Kegler developed the first iteration of in the summer of 2020, when all-things-pandemic were still novel. The original project was made with a group of 10 volunteer performers who rehearsed one time together, before taking a (literally blinded by the masks) leap of faith onto the Artpark amphitheater stage, and submitting themselves to my ruthless live-directing. The live-directing in this play functions both practically to tell the performers what to do and where to go, as well as conceptually, to narrate the fraught psychological and inter-creature relationships betwixt them.
Mountains 2 is a continuation and expansion of the process we began in Mountains. It is a totally new play with a new cast using similar conceptual and practical tricks: an orgy of neurotic animals, task-based choreographies, unforgiving psychological diagnostics, and painfully nostalgic musical teasing.
Through meta-modernistic frameworks of pop-psychology, self-help trends, mythology, fairy tales, culture and the news, Mountains 2 questions how the overwhelming "content" of our current cultural landscape impacts relationships to self and identity. In these live-directed durational big-head puppet shows, I explore the neuroses embedded within relationships, and the perpetual cycles of failure and success that govern our human experience of learning how to live while preparing to die. In a post-species love-fest blurring fact & fantasy, art & therapy, I situate this work in fictional paradigms to talk openly about real important feelings and to confuse the establishment of morality.
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