"Meditations: Eva Hesse" is an interdisciplinary performance work inspired by the life and times of the influential mid-20th century artist.
We have been invited to present this work at the critically acclaimed Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica on September 24-25th. This production is a large undertaking with 9 performers, 6 settings, a time frame that passes through 3 decades and takes place on 2 continents. We were given notice of our performance dates in May and we now have only 6 weeks before we move into the Highways venue for technical rehearsals! This important invitation to present Meditations has come with a time frame that makes applying for and receiving traditional funding extremely difficult. And that's where Kickstarter and you come in.
With only a small donation you can be a part of bringing this new work to life. We are devoting all our energies to a rehearsal process that will bring the elements of text, design and acting together in a seamless whole. Awards for your donations will focus on sharing this experience including rehearsal photos, original set sketches and limited edition prints. We will also set aside reserved seating at the venue in Santa Monica for a group of local Kickstarter Partners!
More on the Production: www.meditationsevahesse.com
PERFORMANCES AT 8:30 ON SEPT. 24-25, MATINEE AT 3PM ON THE 25TH
HIGHWAYS PERFORMANCE SPACE
1651 18TH ST, @ the 18th St. Arts Center
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Tickets : 310 315 1457
Hesse's life was marked by extraordinary professional achievements as well as heart-breaking personal challenges. She escaped Germany in the 1930’s on one of the last Kindertransports, and then reunited with her family in New York. After studying at Yale she and her husband, artist Tom Doyle, were invited to live and work in Germany for a year in an abandoned textile mill, surrounded by remnants of the German industrial machine. In that environment, filled with shadows of her old life, she began making some of the 20th centuries most beautiful and influential sculptures. She died of a brain tumor at age 34, just as her work was being widely recognized. This play takes place on the last day of her life as she works towards understanding her past as well as preparing for her future. The work is as much about the history of this artist as it is concerned with the universal struggle to be creative in the face of mortality.
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