Conceived and Directed by Rachel Bowditch
An original devised work based on fragments of poetry, the arcana of memory, and the drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci.
The Downstairs Series Ontological-Hysteric Theatre,
New York City August 2002
A girl named Arcana, with telepathic powers, struggles to find her place in the world. We travel with her through time and logic to a crossroads between chaos and order, where the surreal is real and reality absurd. Arcana was inspired by the many train trips I took around Europe, in particular, throughout Germany. One cannot help be transported back in time when seeing abandoned train tracks scattered throughout the countryside--tracks that used to transport human cargo to the concentration camps. What happens when the current moment is interrupted with psychic flashes of the past--a glitch in the time and space continuum. Through poetry and dance combined with acrobatics, masks, stilts and over the top characters, we created a mystical universe where anything is possible.
**Unfortunately, no photos exist of this production only sketches.
Directed by Rachel Bowditch
Poetic Text by Tracey Fischette (Raven Dawn), Lea Bender and Rachel Bowditch
Performed by Lea Bender, Tracy Fischette, Rich Szpigiel, and Cyper-Zero.