A razed forest and two people journeying towards the horizon. One foot in front of the other.
Inspired by Anna Tsing’s anthropological study, The Mushroom at the End of the World, Landscape (1989) weaves together the history of matsutake hunters in Malheur National Park, Oregon, the early life of John Cage, Francis Fukuyama’s essay The End of History and imagery from apocalypse fiction to create a compelling and haunting portrait of life in the wilderness.
On a bare stage, two people perform choreography inspired by the movements of foragers, conjure a forest fire, and cook in silence. At the end, and alone at last, two mushrooms sing to the audience.
Set against a score of bright trumpets and droning strings, Landscape (1989) is a meditation on endings and beginnings, asking how we might find hope amongst ecological ruins. It’s an intimate and reflective performance which provides a whispered call to attention; a space to listen more closely, more carefully, to what surrounds and outlasts us.
‘Work that gets stuck in your teeth… Rewarding and fascinating and eerily beautiful.’ – Darker Neon
Landscape (1989) was developed with support from the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL)
Created and performed by Clara Potter-Sweet and Ben Kulvichit
Sound designer and dramaturg Nat Norland
Lighting design and technical manager Ciara Shrager
Producer Emily Davis
3-4 March 2018 / Warwick University [work-in-progress]
31 October 2018 / Emerge Festival, Warwick Arts Centre
24-25 November 2018 / New Diorama, London
13-14 February 2019 / VAULT Festival, London
31 May 2019 / Pulse Festival, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich [extract]
2-25 August 2019 / ZOO Venues, Edinburgh