David Thomson

October 26-29, 2022
Wednesday – Saturday at 5pm and 7pm

Performances will take place at The Chocolate Factory Theater, 38-33 24th Street, Long Island City.

VESSEL is a durational performance installation. Audience members are asked to arrive at the announced curtain time (5pm or 7pm), and may stay for as long as they prefer.

VESSEL continues David Thomson’s research into the perception of identity, and the ways in which presence and absence operate within the human experience. Within an intricate physical installation, Thomson and his collaborating performers – Jaguar Mary X, Katrina Reid, Katie Workum and Nehemoyia Young – embody a physical practice developed specifically for the project, navigating pathways of transformation and altered states.

VESSEL is thematically influenced by post-colonialist writer Édouard Glissant’s Poetics of Relations, in which he explores the concept of opacity as the unquantifiable definition of ‘other’; questioning our ability to truly know another or even ourselves within the constructs of socio-political identity. Thomson and his collaborators translate these questions into the semiotics of the visual, asking: how can we subvert the relationship between audience and performer and the deeply habitual act of visual interpretation as truth…to reimagine the poetics of presence?

VESSEL emphasizes practice over performance, asking all involved to engage their senses and imaginations in the process of listening on different – and deeper – levels; embracing the unseen as a palpable state of possibility.

Created and performed by David Thomson with Jaguar Mary X, Katrina Reid, Katie Workum and Nehemoyia Young. Visual Design by Peter Born and Athena Kokoronis. Sound Design by James Lo. Lighting Design by Stan Pressner. Production Stage Manager: Tricia Tolliver.