Cornering a Hare
Sewing a thread that connects the visual and performing arts, Cornering a Hare presented four installations that reimagined religious traditions as contemporary art practice. The audience was invited to explore the gallery and spend time with the ongoing performances, which worked to disband the space-time confines of a traditional concert. As a base for her research, Phillips framed cultural practices as surreal performances to tempt individuals to consider more carefully the role of embodied rituals within culture; to understand how traditions function in life and identity formation. Fictionalized rituals simulating meditation, pilgrimage, penance, Renaissance iconography, and trances were fused together with pop-culture to create displaced images. By juxtaposing and mixing these together with movement repetition, the emerging new images materialized the question: what belief systems are really at play?
By Paige Phillips
Installation and costumes with Evan Dawson
Painting: Michael Ambron
In collaboration with the performers....
Nurses and the Prince: Rachel Barker, Gabby Stefura, Owen David (USA performances), Evan Dawson (International performances)
Circling the Promised Land: Katie Aylward, Megan Davis, Shannon Drake, Jill Guyton-Nee, Rashana Smith, Abby Zbikowski
May that we be inspired by the light: Evan Dawson, Brian Devine, Ani Javian, David Knox, Michael Morris, Tyisha Nedd, Phillip Spangler, Preston Witt
Photos of Cornering a Hare by Stephen Takacs, Nick Geoge, and Evan Dawson
excerpts of Nurses and the Prince
excerpts of Circling the Promised Land