it’s very difficult to keep
it’s very difficult to keep is a performance installation created by Julia M. Smith and Eric F. Avery inspired in part by notable hoarding families such as the Collier brothers of Harlem and the Beale’s of Grey Gardens. The space will primarily be constructed from inexpensive ubiquitous materials such as string, tin cans, and newspaper: a frequently hoarded object, which we will use to build elements of our space such as walls, chairs, beds, clothes, food, exercise equipment, etc. Our performance installation will encompass an entire space. Viewers will engage in an immersive experience exploring the crumbled ruins of a dilapidated home. The space can be viewed as a static installation, but will also be activated by us the performers, on its own, and by viewers as well. Alarms will sound, telephones will rings, hand written notes will unfold, objects will transform to reveal secrets, and performances by “the siblings,” will occur. In August 2014 it’s very difficult to keep will make it’s world première at Five Myles, a gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
21 Things I Never Told Chicago
21 Things I Never Told Chicago is a puppetry installation of live performance that creates an intimate one on one audience experience. Inspired by historical photographs of Chicago, this original performance invites you to wander through the city’s myths and memories, peeping and peering into worlds on a scale from the Sear’s Tower to a stick of Wrigley’s gum. 21 Things I Never Told Chicago is an MFA Theatre final project conceived and created by Julia M. Smith.
21 Things I Never Told Chicago will be performed at Towson University in the Dreyer MFA Theatre Lab on Feb. 17-26th 2011 at a variety of times.
Below are previews of sections from a work-in-progress showing in December 2010.
PENNY ARCADE SECTION
THE LOST AND GONE GALLERY, DANIEL BURNHAM
AND THE WORLD’S FAIR,
THE LAKE SECTION, ONE ON ONE PERFORMANCES
AND THE MAGIC BOX/THE END