to spiral seems to be the only option
- December 19 - 21 | 7pm
- World Premiere
In to spiral seems to be the only option, ferreira immerses her own body and person within the histories of the spirited many who leapt, sometimes together, from the slave-ships that were heading to Northern America and the Caribbean, and the underwater communities they formed. There is a parallel history between the archipelagos that hold New York City and the Dominican Republic, embodied in ferreira, too. One thinks of Marsha P. Johnson’s dead body that was found floating in the Hudson—the unknowns of her death, how she’d made a pact with Sylvia Rivera to “cross the River Jordan” together—or Mami Wata, Yemallá, and sister oceanic beings. to spiral seems to be the only option engages histories, mythologies, and the confluence of both across space and time, disrupting said spacetimematterings, opening our minds to the potential of para-knowability. Through ferreira’s work, we piece together new worlds by giving in to the fact that not everything makes sense—some is felt.
*ASL will be available on December 21. If you have any questions please email boxoffice@PerformanceSpaceNewYork.org.
Commissioned by Performance Space New York. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Jerome Foundation.
Photo: Rachel Papo