Suppose you just met someone who didn't know your work, what project from the past 10 years would you direct them to as an entry point to you and your work, and why?
Creating The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century) has been the closest I have come to realizing myself as an artist. Struggling determinedly to develop this work over the past two years according to my own criteria, and not the maddening voices of presenters, critics, and fashion arbiters, I found the route to my own narrative and identity- visual, emotional, personal, female, and American. Alongside me an honest dialogue with my wonderful ensemble shaped the discovery of a flying theatre. The Grand Parade that emerged revealed all the hopes, dreams, and prayers I have for a world in desperate need—the actors literally flying high above the chaos and destruction that marked the twentieth century. My courage to create such a piece was inspired and provoked by visiting two distinct landscapes. The first of painter Marc Chagall, who, in the face of similar scathing voices never gave up his mythological imagination, folk spirit and colors of love. The second, more daunting landscape, was that of our increasingly precarious reality, seemingly devoid of creativity and dialogue. Dancing, singing, dreaming and flying through this madness, The Grand Parade asks: how we will write together the future of the present century?