face the mirror is a full-length concert theater piece that explores and illuminates what it means (or might mean) to be a victim, survivor, or casualty of sexual assault. It follows a central character who is more of a placeholder: she could be one person or as many as you can imagine. Aided and abetted by the sound of a trumpet, our fearful leader wades through tales and questions of memory, reputation, personal safety, and more.
At its core, face the mirror is about relationships: the ones we have with our friends, with our family, with strangers, with the public, with ourselves. It asks audiences to lead with their compassion and empathy as they are immersed in a world in which only two things are crystal clear: this woman has been attacked, and she is very, very afraid. Anger, confusion, and frustration further color the picture, but she’s trapped within a cycle of aggression and uncertainty—and the only way out is through.
The current iteration of face the mirror includes music by Megan DeJarnett, Cecilia Arditto, Pauline Oliveros, Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons, and Franz Joseph Haydn. It features choreography by Sofia Klass. A workshop version of face the mirror will premiere on March 3, 2019 in the Roy O. Disney Concert Hall at CalArts. RSVP to the performance here.
Arditto, musica invisible (2005)
DeJarnett, Don’t Tell (2016)
DeJarnett, Got It All Together (2019)
DeJarnett, Panic I (2019)
DeJarnett, Panic II (2019)
DeJarnett, Stanford Swimmer (2019)
DeJarnett, stories/walk free (2019)
Haydn, Trumpet Concerto (mvt. II) (Haydn II.1/II.2/II.3)
Marks and Simons, All of Me (1931)
Oliveros, The Witness (1989)