There’s only one way for things to go wrong at Persistence of Vision, a dance performance directed by dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, costume designer and artist Ashley Horn. “If you get bored, then it’s wrong…but that would be my fault.” Given Horn’s track record, there’s little chance anyone will get bored. Persistence of Vision is an open-ended work exploring memory. “I was reading about how memory can change over time, how you can ‘remember’ doing something that you never did or something that never happened. That was so scary — if I can’t trust my own memory, what can I trust?”
At the show, each dancer performs in her own little space, interpreting a particular memory, adding her own interpretation to Horn’s instructions, while the audience moves around the stage from space to space. Horn mapped out a solo, step by step. Then she gave copies of the directions to her dancers, but no two copies were alike. “One dancer got the whole thing, and then with each other copy I blacked out more and more of the information. The last dancer got less than a third of the [directions] the first dancer got.” Horn instructed the dancers to fill in the missing pieces. “For a control freak like me, that was really hard,” she laughs.
Houston, TX 77011
Region: East End
7 p.m. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation. For information, call 832-489-2572 or visit ashleyhorndance.com. $10.
Sun., Oct. 20, 7 p.m., 2013