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A Vessel For Carriage
The Chicago River
Chicago, IL
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A Vessel For Carriage
This new production of Matty Davis and Ben Goulds site-responsive performance, Carriage, traverses the Chicago River by boat. Passing through an environment built in relation to the path of the waterway, the performance is constructed in relation to energetic architectures of the body that are built, sustained, and broken. A Vessel For Carriage engages essential elements of the citys structure, flowing beneath bridges built to accommodate the rivers challenge to movement, metered by the current, bending its form to the navigation of this artery, tuned to the vessel and its engine, the water and its pace.

This performance will take place rain or shine and lasts approximately one hour.  Boarding begins at 6:45pm, and the vessel departs at 7pm from the Chicago Riverwalk below the Michigan Avenue Bridge and Wacker Drive. The vessel will then dock for de-boarding between 8:30 and 9pm. Please dress appropriately. A reception upon the boat with light food and beverage will follow the performance.

Curated and Produced by Peter Taub
Clothing by Gabriella Lacza

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One of the most profound experiences in contemporary performance. Frustration, desolation, sadness and loveare embodied in a wide-ranging programmatic structure both rawly virtuosic and tastefully sparse. Truly stunning physicalities, reminiscent of the sculpture of Henry Moore and Anthony Caro, create moments of austere isolation that are subsumed into a vital emotional unity.
Clifford Allen, Director of Archives, Watermill Center, NYC

Visually stunning, with a physical and vocal language that is uncannily harmonic, touching, and embodies and expands our notion of empathy.
Holly Shen, Director and Curator of Visual Arts, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)

Carriage is a site-responsive performance created by Matty Davis and Ben Gould that radically explores control and empathy, motored in part by the raw energy of Goulds Tourette Syndrome. This performance is informed by evolving senses of the bodyinjury, trauma, healing, and growthand offers a unique opportunity to create a work that draws from the variance of Davis and Goulds distinct physicalities. The result is an intense, viscerally and sonically charged experience, where empathy is a physical tool, resistance offers stability, and we are all cast out into a space that levels us, brings us real fear, awakening, new vocabularies and physical structures.

Carriage has been workshopped in New York City at Judson Church, the Watermill Center, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Philadelphia School, and Queenslab. It was supported through a residency at the Kickstarter Headquarters in NYC, and has received support from a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.


The Chicago River (View)
112 E. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
United States



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