performance space drawing by Lin Hixson
We began by studying immobility. We pretended our bodies
were cars, and imitated the patterns of a chase and an accident.
We pretended we were dancers, and imitated the patterns
of a dance. We pretended we were machines, and people learning
how to behave like people. We collected words about phantom
childhoods. We fashioned a narrow performance space, angled
askew, with no parallel in the world: part Chevrolet insignia,
part Libeskind passageway. We have discovered a performance
by making it, with the following ideas at its heart: the
construction of memory, the aftermath of historical destruction,
the place of nature, the way one might learn to love the
world, the way one might say to oneself, "I am not
It's an Earthquake in My Heart was commissioned
by Wiener Festwochen (Vienna Festival), Arnolfini Live (Bristol,
UK), Kampnagel (Hamburg, Germany) and Podewil (Berlin, Germany).
Created by: Karen Christopher, Matthew Goulish, Lin Hixson (director),
Mark Jeffery, Bryan Saner
Commissioned by: Wiener Festwochen (Vienna Festival), Arnolfini Live
(Bristol, UK), Kampnagel (Hamburg, Germany), Podewil (Berlin, Germany).