Performa Commission Co-Produced by the Center for New Performance @CalArts.
National and International Tour Begins Spring 2017! Bring Until to your City? Contact me. Lets talk about it.
Edgar Arceneaux’s first live performance investigates the infamous 1980’s televised performance of Broadway legend Ben Vereen, which came to define him personally and publicly. Televised nationally as part of Ronald Reagan's inaugural celebration, a cable company omitted the final five minutes of the performance, causing its satirical critique to be lost on viewers at home. Until, Until, Until… is based on the five minutes of footage that never aired that night. Arceneaux’s commission, a mise-en-scène of the 1981 inaugural party, will be orchestrated around a central elevated platform and encircled with round banquet tables covered in red cloths. Simultaneously a live film set, the performance foregrounds the past, illumines the presence of its ghosts in the present moment, and opens the possibility to reconsider our collective understanding of its events. Central to Arceneaux’s work is the intersections of the past and the present, of history and memory. He frequently manipulates existing or new systems, methods of cataloging, and visualizations of the passage of time. For Until, Until, Until… Arceneaux occupies the slippage between the live and the televised to investigate our relationship to time.