V+M / John Sanborn (USA)
From March, 19 to April, 4 – From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. – Chapelle de l’Hôpital Général
Power, Myth, Desire
The ultimate strength is the capacity to love.
V+M stages the dichotomy of desire by creating vignettes of powerful personas rendered in the language of love, delivered via three couples (male + female, female + female, male + male), presenting a cross-gender interpretation of the mythic pairing of Eros and Chaos. The union of Venus and Mars fascinated poets and philosophers as the allegorical example of balance between opposing energies – beauty and brutality, order and magic, and grace and strength. V+M goes beyond the heteronormative code in order to get to the source material for the balance of power in relationships, the nature of myth making and the origins of desire.
John Sanborn is a world-renowned video artist, whose work has been shown at every major museum in the world, and broadcast on television networks, worldwide. His works “MMI” “A Sweeter Music”, “The Planets”, “PICO (remix)” and “ALLoT (A Long List of Things)” have played at over 150 international film festivals. Sanborn is the director of 16 television programs for PBS, a sitcom for Comedy Central, and a rock and roll cooking show for the National Lampoon Network. John Sanborn has a Masters of Cinema degree from ESEC in Paris and lives in Berkeley, CA.
Created by JOHN SANBORN
Music composed by THERESA WONG
PRODUCTION | Video Free America
TECHNICAL LEAD: Roger Jones
DANCERS: Ismael Alvarez Acosta • Crystaldawn Bell • Joseph Copley • Margaret Cromwell • Tori Gargilano • Pablo Lopez • Carlos Venturo • Katherine Wells
DANCE MASTER: Carlos Venturo
COSTUMES: Jamielyn Duggan
MAKE UP: Amy Lawson
ANIMATION | FX: Jennifer Baker
MUSIC: Performed by Jeff Denson, contrebasse • Jordan Glenn, percussion, marimba et vibraphone • Chris Grady, trompette • Theresa Wong, violoncelle, voix, sampler.
REMERCIEMENTS: Kevin Jones • Sarah Cahill • David Meyer