We’re always leaving,
Always almost arriving;
Never finding home.
A walking tour + site performance by Control Group Productions, following the journey of two figures through streets, parks, and waterways...
(gallery in progress)
neverhome was presented August 12 – September 3, 2017 at the following venues:
Profile by Susan Froyd in Westword:
Live Like a Refugee in Control Group's Neverhome Walking Tour
Profile by Emily Clingman in the Broomfield Enterprise
Broomfield performance art explores the concept of human migration
Profile on Immersive Theater by Daliah Singer in 5280
Immersive Theater Takes Off in Denver
POST-SHOW THOUGHTS FROM THE ARTISTS
I roamed inside the bones of the city each night – a novel and sensory journey for me. I actually felt like I was becoming animal again: there was a sense of arrival within my environment which embraced the dirt, grime and concrete. I simultaneously felt a fearlessness and sensitivity to the experiences of others making home in this city. There is a suspension of normal when I perform: it gives me the freedom to experience how wild I actually am. – Kat Gurley (performer)
This concept started small – a haiku, a gem of an event, simple and discreet. As it unfurled, though, an unexpected momentum coalesced, and the thing emerged much more complex in its richness than I had imagined. Meanings accumulated naturally, fed from the inside by unexpected connections and from outside by news cycles and natural disasters. The container we created, the parallel journeys of performers and guests, expanded to support all of it. – Patrick Mueller (director/performer)
The thing I found the most fascinating about working on neverhome was composing music that would become an integral part of an existing soundscape. Whereas I typically work in environments where I have total control of the sound occurring in the space, there's no way for me to control the sounds of a living city. Even knowing the typical sounds that occur in a city--traffic, people talking as they walk along the sidewalks, birds chirping--I couldn't predict or control their exact patterns. So I aimed for compositions that incorporated both the sounds of the city themselves, and I implemented stochastic (statistically randomized) procedures in the process of composition in order to reflect the stochastic nature of a city soundscape. – Todd Bilsoborough (composer)