This is not a dream

US Army soldier in black and white camouflage uniform 14 November 1917.

US Army soldier in black and white camouflage uniform 14 November 1917.

This performance created for the Art Institute’s Fullerton Hall orchestrates a loosely gathered collection of international events from 1917: the music of Henry Cowell, a speech by W. E. B. Du Bois, the first film appearance by silent comedian Buster Keaton, Gertrude Stein’s modernist play An Exercise in Analysis; the journals of Russian surveyor Vladimir Arsenyev’s expeditions east of Siberia; the first poem published by Chilean surrealist Cesar Vallejo – all enacted alongside Constructivist set design and Taylorist industrial laborer drill choreography. This is not a dream considers performance as a machine to generate echoes between 1917 and 2017, to ask what has and has not changed, and what ghosts of unfulfilled revolutions populate the stage.