|SSS-T-O-N-E-DDD, the second installment from
theatrical/visual artist Arthur Maximillian Adair's seven part series of
performance pieces entitled "Essays on Fireworks." The series
is devoted to exploring the role and circumstances of the individual living
through the process of globalization. The first installment of the series,
"Sound of the Sun," a mythological theatrical installation, premiered
in The Club at La MaMa in January, 2002 with a company of 52 international
artists. It played to sold out audiences, was extended an extra two weeks,
and subsequently appeared in the CivitArte Festival and LaMaMa Umbria International
Theatre Festival in Italy during August, 2002 and to the DUMBO Arts Festival
in Brooklyn in October, 2002.
"SSS-T-O-N-E-DDD" is a personal and public statement which
takes an "objective, honest and candid" look at America’s
current state and history through the mind of Jimmy Stillborne, a young
experimental theatrical artist living in Coney Island who accidentally
overdoses on LSD after attending a symposium on the future of experimental
theater in the United States. Texts are by Walt Whitman, Thomas Jefferson,
William Shakespeare, The King James Bible, Robert Frost, Malcolm X, Robert
F. Kennedy, George Orwell, and the artist’s own musings. Infused
with popular rock classics and original live music and set within the
folds of the American flag, "SSS-T-O-N-E-DDD" is an intimate
embodiment of the contemporary American internal conflict of pride and
shame. Arthur Maximillian Adair, a sensitive and commanding solo performance
artist, together with composer S-dog, performs for your pondering patriotic
pleasure a straightforward, intense and challenging contemporary performance
piece of reflection and engagement.
Arts, Sound & Movement strives to create a contemporary theater of
event, ritual, and experience by combining classical and modern philosophies
and performances of music, dance, theater and visual art. In "SSS-T-O-N-E-DDD,"
the company focuses on the intimacy of performance and the duality of
the theater as a place of observation and feeling.
Arthur Maximillian Adair is a resident artist of La MaMa E.T.C. He has
been a member of the Great Jones Repertory Company since 1996, performing
in numerous productions by Ellen Stewart and in Andrei Serban and Liz
Swados’ "Fragments of a Greek Trilogy," both in NYC and
around overseas. As a set and lighting designer he has worked with the
underground music and arts collectives Wanderlust, Blackkat, Ransom Corp.,
Augenblick, and numerous La MaMa productions.
"SSS-T-O-N-E-DDD" is assembled and written by Arthur Maximillian
Adair. Original musical composition and arrangements are by S-Dog. Set
and lighting are designed by Arturo. Aerial installation and masks are
by Jun Maeda.
* All photos by Kirk Bradley-Peterkin