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They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain
Sep 3, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
JACK will present the acclaimed performance collective, Sister Sylvester, with their new work, They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain which will preview on Thursday, September 3rd and open on Friday, September 4th at JACK (505 1/2 Waverly Ave in Brooklyn). The company’s New York premiere will run through September 19th. They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain, a multi-faceted piece, directed by Kathryn Hamilton, examines the ties between art and rebellion. The New York Times chose Sister Sylvester’s recent work, Dead Behind These Eyes as a critic’s pick and Time Out called their The Maids’ The Maids “genuinely subversive.” They Are Gone But Here I Must Remain, will be performed September 3rd, open on September 4th and continue September 5th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th and 19th at 8PM. Tickets are $20 and are on sale at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2027329 or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain is an original multi-disciplinary performance by Sister Sylvester. Based on firsthand interviews and research, it charts the story of a film that caused a revolution. Using Peter Whitehead’s 1969 cult film, The Fall, and its rumored influence on international political activism in the 1970s, it combines firsthand interviews and the company’s blend of video and movement-based performance. Staged within the genre of performance lectures, the play explores the connections between image and action, artist and activist.
Several years ago, director Kathryn Hamilton began to explore a provocative story: that British director Peter Whitehead’s seldom-seen 1968 film The Fall inspired the 1974 student occupations in Athens that forced the junta to cede power and restored democracy to Greece. Based on interviews with leaders of the Columbia University occupation by the SDS in 1968 (captured in the film), Peter Whitehead makes the case between art and politics, utopianism and nihilism, and the potential for art to effect social change. They Are Gone And Here Must I Remain uses these materials, along with the experiences of the artists involved to question the point of contact between the between the image and action.