A Cinematic Presentation of Ecstatic Evidences from the

Camino de Santiago

Underneath the Lintel (AN IMPRESSIVE PRESENTATION OF LOVELY EVIDENCES) by Glenn Berger was first produced in 2001 in Los Angeles by The Actor’s Gang Theatre Company. It was produced later that same year in New York at the Soho Playhouse. The play ran for 450 performances, and was voted among the Top Ten Plays of the Year by Time Out New York magazine.  Part existential detective story / part travelog / part character study of a somewhat mad librarian who becomes possessed by a quest for existential meaning.

Theatre Y produced An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences featuring Darren Hill, directed by Melissa Lorraine, and assistant directed by Jordan Matthew Walsh in August of 2015, and has taken this text as an opportunity to infiltrate every corner of Chicago in the spirit of its wandering anarchist librarian...homes, bars, libraries, bookstores, street corners, political rallies...  

 

 

In the summer of 2017, Darren will perform for 33 straight days on the Camino Francés, the most heavily traveled of all the Camino routes from southern France across northern Spain to the costal city of Santiago. The company will traverse the 450-mile stretch on foot, each day performing some aspect of the one-person play Underneath the Lintel: An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences, and developing a new work.

Enter Greg Scott: a visual sociologist, artist, and filmmaker at DePaul University.  The films he makes “tend to explore the ineffable and ethereal dimensions of human interaction in a context of multilevel myth-making”

 

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Greg will document the play’s live performances,  develop an immersive documentary film that captures the play’s performance across the 33-day, 450 mile stretch, and create an original work of experimental docu-narrative cinema that explores the rituals, ceremonies, practices, and ecstatic transformations that occur amongst the people we encounter along the way and with whom we travel and otherwise interact in the context of the pilgrimage and/or performances.

The central objective of this project, with its three interrelated films (performance documentary, ethnographic documentary, and experimental cinema), is to examine the rituals and practices associated with the ecstatic transformation of self in the communal context of a spiritual (secular or sacred) pilgrimage. 

 

 

We are gathering a large group of people to walk with us.  We will record confessions and create rituals as an embodied marking of various sights along the Camino, which Greg will be filming to be woven into a performance piece which will be developed over the next year with the entire ensemble and presented in the fall of 2018.  The final theatrical form will be a multimedia, choral dance and poetry piece.

 

 

The goal is not to reproduce the Camino in a strictly documentary fashion, but to interiorize it as an event and reflect it in a mosaic of physical and textual expressions.  Conducting a multi-sensory examination of spiritual and personal transformation in the context of a pilgrimage is the thread that unites all of the work we will be doing on the Camino.

 

 

To walk the Camino with us or to get more information email info@theatre-y.com.