Conceived and directed by Megan Weaverand Hassan Christopher with choreography by Christopher in collaboration with the ensemble.
Produced with the support of FullStop Collective
Ghost Card was inspired by and created in response to Allan and Ellen Wexler’s Two Too Large Tables Sculpture in Hudson River Park.
About the design- The performance is episodic in nature, consisting of 26 two-minute vignettes inspired by the theme “Table Stories.” The vignettes are performed in a chance order determined by the unfolding of a card game. Participants have the option of listening to stories and accompanying music online via their own cell phones and headphones during the performance. Tracks varied from podcast-like tellings of the stories, to musical or ambient environments where text is incoherent or missing altogether. Each track is meant to be unique, making this one of the most expansive and challenging projects I've ever encountered.
Bath- This is a complete example of how each of the vignettes were structured. The winding sound of the reversed string track takes each vignette out of the static environmental music that places while a card is being selected.
Gnome (cut)- This is a shortened version of the track used in the performance.
Portables (cut)- Many of the stories were presented without text in the audio. Audience members watched and took in the interpretation by the dancers. This was the story of a student who occasionally slipped away to secretly meet up with one of her teachers.
3 Weeks- In this example, text is reused and recycled underneath the main narrative.
Shuffle- At the beginning of the performance, a 15 minute track played in headphones while the performers slowly entered the out door site and shuffled the cards. This is a short cut from the end of that track, which exemplifies the aesthetic from which the rest of the tracks grew.