Après moi, le déluge
Après moi, le déluge (After me, the flood), a phrase attributed to King Louis XV of France, describes the attitude of someone who does not care about the consequences of his actions or how they effect others. In this work, Phillips constructed surreal vignettes that fluctuate between a dance and performance art installation. Imagery was pulled from the choreographer's recurring dreams about floods and tsunamis, and the aesthetics were inspired by Francisco Goya's series of paintings about the supernatural. Mythic situations pairing humans against nature depicted a hopeless struggle for survival; issues of control and power surfaced as the piece unfolded, bringing with it thoughts of environmental disaster and political turmoil.
By Paige Phillips
In collaboration with the performers: Owen David, Jill Guyton-Nee, Ani Javian,Tyisha Nedd, Gabby Stefura, Preston Witt
Après moi, le déluge was funded by the Ohio Arts Council's Individual Excellence Award