Meltdown Fugue

Curated by Rebecca Longworth

Collaborators: Julie Douglas, Christy Crowley, Soren Santos, Maria Leigh, Claire Slattery, Marlene Yarosh, and Hatchlings

Since 1979, we’ve used the word “meltdown” to describe not only the literal melting down of a nuclear reactor core, but any incident of quick and castastrophic collapse. Financial systems, emotional stability, organizational structure… How do these become “molten” when they collapse? And after the meltdown, what is left? Three performers perform a structured physical improvisation to found text and a Bach fugue, composing an etude on the metaphor of “meltdown.”

Development of Meltdown Fugue

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