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Bathing

Bathing explores themes of contamination, cleanliness, and debility through performance and dance. The work draws on Staff’s research into the classical figure of the bather, chemical effects, drunken revelry, and the spiritello figures that commonly adorn European fountains. The performer’s continuous actions and gestures eventually lead to overexertion of the body. A fluid cross-contamination between substance, performer, and image occurs, bringing to mind the ways in which bodies absorb and release chemicals, hormones, and other agents—a means of survival for some and potentially lethal for others.

Director

Patrick Staff

Country

United States

Year

2018

Premiere

International Premiere

Primary Contact

Patrick Staff

Duration

18 mins