In the summer of 1948 some of the 20th Century's most brilliant artists were living and studying at Black Mountain College, including Buckminster Fuller, Arthur Penn, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, and Willem de Kooning. This extraordinary group decided to produce the surrealist play The Ruse of Medusa by French composer Erik Satie, bringing together the disciplines of dance, theatre, music and visual arts for one night. M.C. Richards translated the play from the original French, making the Black Mountain College production the first time it was performed in English.
The Ruse of Medusa is considered one of the first examples of surrealist drama, and an important precursor to the Dadaist movement.
Working with David McConnville, we created an immersive video projection covering the entire stage set during the recital, which responded to the sound of Satie's music.