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Irondale
85 South Oxford
Brooklyn, NY
June 15-30

Jeff Becker leads the ArtSpot ensemble in an exploration of the profound transformations that have swept through New Orleans in the decade since Hurricane Katrina, and of our own roles and responsibilities as artists in the realities of gentrification and displacement.

Using a devised ensemble process in which visual design elements drive the dramaturgy of the piece, Becker's sculptural innovation, Courtney Egan's magical video projections, Jeffrey Gunshol's liquid choreography and ArtSpot's physical performance-making style and original music create a dream-world manifestation of a community inundated by a flood of change and upheaval.

Performed by Jeffrey Gunshol, Kathy Randels, Lisa Shattuck and Mahalia Abéo Tibbs.  With video design by Courtney Egan, lighting design by Evan Spigelman, music direction by Sean LaRocca, and costumes by Laura Sirkin-Brown.

They went down very deep, to where the light of the sun and then the light of the sea stopped, and things were only visible in their own light.  They passed a submerged village, with men and women on horseback turning about a musical carousel.  It was a splendid day, and there were brightly colored flowers on the terraces.  “Here a Sunday sank at about eleven o'clock in the morning,” Mr. Herbert said.  “It must have been some cataclysm.”
— Gabriel García Márquez

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Sea of Common Catastrophe is a project of Creative Capital, a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by 7 Stages in partnership with JEMAGWGA and NPN, and was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; through a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters' Travel & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; by a MacDowell Colony Residency; and by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council New Orleans.