March 5th, 2014
All the thought, vision, movement, sweat, tension, and hilarity of a nerve performance – whether it’s FAUSTUS or UNDER THE POPPY, or the new project we’re creating for fall 2014 – all of it starts in one place, one space, the ensemble, together.
We roost at the corner of Michigan Avenue and 18th Street, thanks to the generosity of an ensemble supporter. Here in a snowy Detroit winter, we dream the landscapes our patrons will explore and inhabit. We think of you while we read, rehearse, work, tussle. We hope to make you laugh, or gasp, or both. We mean to surprise you.
February 27th, 2014
“All play moves and has its being within a play-ground marked off beforehand … The arena, the card-table, the magic circle, the temple, the tennis court, the court of justice, are all … temporary worlds within the ordinary world, dedicated to the performance of an act apart.” JOHAN HUIZINGA, Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture
Sourcing the space for our next created world: we look, we sniff, we take pictures, we test the quality of the light, we consider the crawlspaces, we let the space measure us. [All photos courtesy Steve Xander Carson and Marisa Dluge.]
January 30th, 2014
The bespoke MERCURY editions are each a refraction, for me, of the making of the story itself: each has its bookmark, and its puppet, of course, hand-painted; each is wrapped, or tied, or bound in some fashion, with cord or lace or twists of fabric, the way a traveler might tie up a favored volume for protection on the way.
And the quote offered at the end speaks of some strand or path of the the narrative, whether it’s from Lewis Hyde’s meditation on the trickster, or the hectic, frightful flair of Vienna on the brink, or the art created on that brink by various masters, or … No two quotes will be the same, as each book to its reader will be unique, by the participation of that reader in the story being read.
I work on each carefully, hoping its arrival and unveiling provide a pleasing performance; welcome to the show! And cry the Mercury!
[KK photo: Rick Lieder.]
January 27th, 2014
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s my last week/weekend at a glance: prepping the bespoke editions of THE MERCURY WALTZ, and a snowy trip (was it ever) to Chicago with nerve, to preview possible performance sites for FAUSTUS . . . Bookended by G/gods.
January 23rd, 2014
nerve teaser trailer from gonervenow on Vimeo.
Our ensemble has a new name – nerve – and a mission and trajectory: to perform immersive work wherever the spirit moves us. A museum, an industrial complex, a Victorian mansion, a historic church … We invite you along on that journey. Be part of the Nervous System, go nerve.
We define success as sensation. We take space and use it. We make consensual art. Our audience is everywhere.
Video footage: Rick Lieder. Trailer edit/design: Antichamber Design.
January 14th, 2014
The Mercury Waltz Trailer from Under the Poppy on Vimeo.
It’s Pub Day! THE MERCURY WALTZ is now available in ebook, trade hardcover, and bespoke hardcover from Roadswell Editions – buy it here.
The journeys of Rupert and Istvan have led them down many paths and highways, some smooth to travel, some dangerous and steep. The journey from the POPPY to the MERCURY has been a sweet one, thanks to the foresight and care of Roadswell Editions and Christopher Schelling. Roadswell is a publishing house without walls, a new way of curating and presenting novels to non-fiction, from an eclectic stable of writers whose work shares an originality of voice and vision – and Christopher’s is the vision that drew it all together. Christopher and I have worked together for many years, and I’m beyond thrilled to have my work presented by Roadswell.
So pop those champagne corks! Let’s have a waltz !