Conceived by Geo Wyeth
Performed by Geo Wyeth, Karel Van Beekom, Tanisha Thompson, Sam Miller, and niv Acosta
Visual collaborator – Elizabeth Orr
Costume consultant – Mariana Valencia
Lighting Designer – Barbara Samuels
Music Composition – Geo Wyeth
Text – Geo Wyeth
Stage Manager – Audrey Marshall
19th century American gynecologist James Marion Sims, famous for perfecting his procedures on enslaved African women, encounters his biracial transgender great-great-great grandchild in a collapsed and imagined dream space. Drawing from both real and imagined family stories, HAUNTS retraces a contradictory history of violence and ironic inheritance through an incantation of dreams and embodied recollection. Using the bodies on stage as a point of converging histories, HAUNTS is an anxious meditation on the urgency of memory.
HAUNTS is a set of musical puzzles, navigated live on stage. A process of reaching and understanding and forgetting. Confrontation with an impossible legacy. HAUNTS is humiliating.
Developed through the support of the Jerome Foundation Travel & Research Grant, Ars Nova Residency 2009, and the San Francisco Performance Art Institute artist in residency program.