Vivarium | 2017
for two performers, amplified pomegranates, and live projection

The first iteration of Vivarium was funded by SPOR Festival in Aarhus, Denmark, as part of the 2017 European Capital of Culture. Two performers dissect pomegranates with medical instruments, kitchen implements, and hands, exploring a grotesque spectrum between the surgical and the orgiastic. The pomegranate is considered as a collaborator that exerts force back upon the human, evident in taut tendons and shaking hands as performers attempt to slice into its tough outer skin. Later, four hands swim through pulp as worms or aquatic invertebrates, dancing and coalescing into one entity.