Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


The Crumbling
  • The Crumbling
  • Performance
  • 4/21/2016
  • 18:00-19:00
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • Host: Spencer Museum of Art and KU Department of Visual Art
Event Description
Set in a dream-like, mythic town, "The Crumbling" is a live cinema opera that follows the trials of an apprentice librarian as she tries to save her city from crumbling down around her. Drawing on ancient mystical texts, artist and composer Alexis Gideon weaves together a contemporary cautionary tale about the significance of words and symbols in a decaying culture. Gideon performs the narration, dialogue, and music live on stage, alongside his stop-motion animation on screen. The free 21-minute performance is followed by a discussion with the artist.