by Andres D. Bravo, Grace H. Bryan, Theo Canty, Samantha Corbitt, Casey Deming, Ebony Payne-English, Ryan Sinclair with Associate Artistic Director Kelby Siddons
in partnership with the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
What do we choose to protect, and what do we choose to destroy? Using the Cummer Museum of Art and Garden's visiting Brooklyn Museum exhibit Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt as inspiration, Phase Eight creators delved into the nature of religious artifacts and our historical obsession with their preservation--and their destruction. Their devised theatrical response challenged audiences to think of the objects that hold power in their own lives as well as examine how destruction can be used as a tool of both oppression and liberation. A curious, wise, deep, and humorous encounter with icons past and present, this devised performance was unfortunately unable to premiere in April 2020 as scheduled because of necessary institutional and community responses to COVID-19.