man danced expressive, lyric choreography while Jacques
Prunair, watched her from a distance, as if in another space
and time. In this sequence, not only did members of different groups of the project perform together, but notions of
contemporary and ancient, of old and new were brought to
With the latter part of the piece, the arc of the Ajax
story was narrated and excerpts of text were played out.
However, these more traditional narrative elements were
intercut with material generated by the students – songs,
movements, bits of text about their families, dreams and
memories. Contemporary costumes and the omnipresence
of iPads and iPhones heightened the conversation with the
Greeks, as did playful moments, such as when Ajax, played
by Antoine Rajkovic, calls Silicone Valley to ask questions
about emotion, loss and tragedy.
The Fragments: Individual Responses to
the Project’s Themes
The Fragments were created by students and professional
artists who were passionate about a theme of Awaiting
Dawn. Each person who expressed an interest in developing an artwork came up with a concept, tested their ideas
with the community, and then developed their pieces for
presentation at the Fragments Soirée on March 20th. These
artists each received specialized support and were empowered with even greater freedom to work in their own style,
at their own pace and in the medium of their choice.
The Fragments were coordinated by Amy Munz, an
Alumni Artist in Residence at International High School and
a key in-house collaborator on the project as a whole. The
Fragments were supported by a team of advisors includ-
Touré and local artists such as Deborah Eliezer of foolsFU-
RY and Giulio Perrone of Inferno Theater Company.
The fall was a rich time for discussion on topic and form,
helping to further develop each project’s concept. The
artists shared with one another and with in-house advisors, then used the November 2nd Open Doors event as a
platform to include parents, faculty, administration, siblings
and peers in the conversation.
Throughout the winter and spring, student-artists honed
their projects and engaged in diverse creative paths. These
works were shared in a full evening of performance on
March 20th, in which all spaces of the Pavilion – classrooms, practice rooms, hallways - were inhabited with
installations, performances, video and music. Six different groups of about 20-audience members each rotated
through the smaller performance spaces and were also
given time to enjoy a screening of a documentary about
the project, filmed and edited by Matthew Perifano in the
IB Music Lounge or to enjoy music in a Piano Bar in the
Carolyn Cole-Sayre and Ishan McCarthy each wrote new
plays that addressed social and personal tragedy. Carolyn’s
piece was a new work about the oppression of artistic talent, while Ishan’s piece was a contemporary adaptation of
an ancient Japanese tale of tragic love, The Tale of Genji.
Sabrina Holloway, Larson Holt, and Antoine Rajkovic
each developed very distinct immersive/interactive performance pieces that invited audiences to experience the
comic-tragedies of everyday school life, the tragedies of the
entrapped sensual body, and the creative world of the graf-fiti artist. Marc Robert Wong and Louisa Baldi each created
multimedia installations to present in an immersive way the
abstractions of drone warfare as well as an investigation of
the modern transportation of the body through space.