American Bacchae - Multimedia
The American Bacchae is a multimedia performance and sound series that investigates American identity, class, and pornography. Based on the Greek tragedy by Euripides, The American Bacchae examines Apollonian and Dionysian forces - order and chaos - as they play out in American life.
The play, American Bacchae is set in a mythic Orange County and follows a young mayor, a webcam porn addict, as he confronts a religious leader and his followers - newly liberated sexually trafficked women from around the world.
American Bacchae's staged workshop production was February 2013 at the 24th annual RhinoFest in Chicago.
The Sound Series, American Bacchae Infrasonic is a five-part audio installation, based on the stage play. ABI recieved the Weisman Award at Columbia College Chicago and was an Official Selection at the 8th annual International Festival of Audio Visual Art in the Hague, Netherlands. It has also been exhibited in Beijing, China.
[All photos on this page by Chelsey Shilling]