KANEZA SCHAAL

Kaneza Schaal is a New York City based artist and performer.

GO FORTH

Drawing inspiration from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, a text originally intended to provide the deceased with a blueprint to the afterlife, we use analog projection, sound, and dance to animate a series of burial vignettes. We excavate this 3000-year-old series of spells and incantations to create a new translation, focusing our inquiry on the scroll’s central metaphor: the weighing of the heart. The performance proposes burial not as erasure but as offering restitution, performing rites, and creating space in our lives for the presence of the absent, the imagined and the longed for.
— Kaneza Schaal
throbs with the anguished effort of letting go — both for those who die and those who stay behind
— Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Press:

The New York Times / Ben Brantley

Deutschlandfunk / Von Andreas Robertz

WNYC / Leonard Lopate

The New York Times / Laura Collins-Hughes

The New York Times / Jennifer Schuessler 

American Theater / American Theater Editors 


Collaborators
Design: Christopher Myers
Sound: Justin Hicks
Light: Ashley Vellano with Alexander Symes
Performers: Justin Hicks, William Nadylam, David Thomson, and Courtney Williams with April Matthis (on film) 
Producer: Liz Sargent
Stage Manager: Bonnie McHeffey
Dramaturge: Joshua Lubin-Levy
Contributing Performers: Cornell Alston, Paul Pryce, and Greig Sargeant

GO FORTH is commissioned by Performance Space 122 with support from the Jerome Foundation. GO FORTH was supported by a Nathan Cummings Foundation grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and was developed through a Baryshnikov Arts Center residency with support from the Princess Grace Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space Residency, PS 122 RAMP residency, and Bogliasco Fellowship. GO FORTH's tour to Rwanda was supported in part by a TCG Global Connections Grant. 

Production History

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Baryshnikov Arts Center Resident Artist (Spring 2014)

Performance Space 122 RAMP Residency (April 2014)

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space Residency (November 2014)

Performance Space 122 COIL Festival, NYC (January 2016)

River-to-River Festival Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC (June 2016)

Ubumuntu Festival, Kigali Rwanda (July 2016)

Wesleyan University (September 2016)

 

Upcoming

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