"Secret Joy", by Brian Getnick, performed by Dani O'Terry and Gregory Barnett
9/27 and 9/28 at 8:30pm at Human Resources Los Angeles
"Secret Joy" is a ritualized play about beheading the past to make it speak. Sculptural costumes and weaponry are taken up by the performers to transform an ancient power struggle between the crowd and the leader into a psychic battle between the body and the mind.
Following the presentation of "Punishment's Place" in the fall of 2018, "Secret Joy" is the second in a quartet of performances engaging the desire for retribution played out in the transformations of monumental sculptural figures.
Research for this project was facilitated by the Wallis Annenberg Helix Fellowship.