Wash and Travel
© photo by AJ Weissbard
...water, water, everywhere...Wash and Travel was a project many years in the making. Evolving from an anchor component of the Salone dell’Mobile project, Rooms and Secrets, in 2000, and then developing as an offshoot of Greenaway’s epic Tulse Luper Suitcases, the project comprised a performance by night and an immersive installation by day (pardon the pun). The multimedia theatrical work took place on a stage of water, delineated by floating columns of suitcases and a variety of baths, with the audience sitting all around on eight sides under the cupola of a deconsecrated church. As an installation the viewers were invited to don rubber boots and wade throught the water, inspecting the 92 collections of objects and washing basins, amidst the evocative religious space.Designing for theater in the round is always exciting. As we know, water and electricity don’t mix well; this show presented special challenges for the crew. There were no electricutions, I assure you.
an image from Stanze e Segreti, 2000