FAITH MATERIAL:ACTIVISM is a body- and object-based performance about the urgent importance of believing in things that cannot be proven. The work utilizes physical practices of mediumship, ontological re-animation of objects, and full expression of faith to present a number of intimate domestic scenes of queer solitude-turned-futurism. The work is an attempt to re-articulate and re-frame the culturalisms of what is “real”, what constitutes proof, and what the dire importance is of creative impulse that flies in the face of contemporary systems of value, commodification, and logic.
As a manifestation of my politicized experience of faith, this work is directly influenced by Haraway’s “new materialism” politics, by the queer re-imagining/survival project of Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and by the creative faith-practices of artist/priest Amara Tabor-Smith, poet/theologian Marvin K. White, and artist/healer Sara Shelton Mann. Within a framework of these influences, the work is ultimately a presentation of bodies, objects, and time; re-configured through socio-political imagination, to compose a kind of speculative present where we really are collectively convinced that everything and everyone has a spirit…and that the spirit matters. This work is an activism.
Created and performed by Jesse Hewit/ Strong Behavior with keyon gaskin, and with additional choreography by Abby Crain
With lights by Zoe Klein and sounds by Robbie Beahrs. Support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Dancers’ Group, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and CounterPulse’s Project Space Residency Co-Produced by CounterPulse and Jesse Hewit/ Strong Behavior
[Cover photo by Sheilah Wilson]