Since arriving here at the Atlantic Center for The Arts, I’ve been working on this project called “Bring On The Lumiere.” It feels liberating to be at the very early stages of this project, so many avenues to explore, and ideas to flesh out.
I’ve been wanting to test out this idea of contemporizing the brothers’ most famous film, “Workers Leaving The Factory” for a long time — it’s been in the back of my mind since I first had the idea of doing a project about the Lumiere Brothers. But I always doubted the idea: it could be great, but it could also be a total cliché.
It’s rare for me that an idea would turn out better than I had imagined. Usually it’s the other way around. I realized that my greatest pleasures as an artist come from the moments when I’m able to set an autonomous performance in motion, and then sit back and marvel at the unexpected. Because it was just an idea, not something I labored over in my body, but a labor of the imagination and of the process of organization and communication. Simple instructions with specific limitations can lead to great creativity. To provide a space for others to be inventive within a framework is a challenge — and when successful, deeply satisfying. Password for the video: atlantic
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