I’m building a shrine. was commissioned and presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater in May 2013. It was created by Natalie Green and performed by Alexandra Albrecht, Stacy Grossfield, and Miriam Wolf. Sound by Tei Blow. Lighting by Joe Levasseur. Visual Installation by Caitlin Kronk. All photographs by Maria Baranova.
I'm building a shrine. is personal and expressionistic. Though grounded by earthly motivations, it is meant to be experienced as a dream.The cycle of devotion, loss, penance, and destruction has risen in my work because it’s in my personal life. I started to feel like all I wanted to do was bury objects in the earth to try to make peace, to let go. I wanted to build a shrine, abstractly and kinetically; to honor, adorn, love and then burn a version of my life. This dance was a way to both build and shed, harness and destroy.I crafted this dance like i might build an altar.. stacking crystalline images on top of dark ones, using expressive textures like vibrating, undulating, circling, and pulsing.