The White Whale The White Wail: AUNTS
“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever […] it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball…
By reason of these things, then, the whaling voyage was welcome; the great flood-gates of the wonder-world swung open, and in the wild conceits that swayed me to my purpose, two and two there floated into my inmost soul, endless processions of the whale, and, mid most of them all, one grand hooded phantom, like a snow hill in the air.”
— excerpted from “Loomings,” MOBY-DICK, by Herman Melville
*** above illustration: "Moby Dick transcendent" by Rockwell Kent, 1930
Inspired by Melville’s classic MOBY-DICK and the general romance of whaling lore, on May 25, 2013 THE SPACE WE MAKE performed a live music & movement performance exploring the notion of massive, weightless bodies, the loneliness of unknown oceans, and the meaning of the songs humans and whales both sing. While they call out perpetually, we may never hear them with our own ears.
Creative fodder, ideas, words, and stories were sourced from the text itself (M-D). Thusly, THE WHITE WHALE THE WHITE WAIL was crafted into group song, movement and improvisation, making space for the safety of familiarity and the excitement, or terror, of uncharted waters to exist in eddies and waves.
This was our departure, our time at sea, and our return.
Performed by —
Caitlin Scholl, Simon Thomas-Train, Lea Fulton, John Mosloskie, Jenna Riegel, Justin Allen, Christina Robson, Emma Wiseman
Where / When — St. Nick’s Alliance (2 Kingsland Avenue (@ Maspeth Avenue) / Garden Level / Brooklyn, NY 11211); May 25, 2013 (doors open at 8pm)
As part of… — AUNTS’s Time Share: Chain Curation series