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Saturday, April 25

Axis Mundi

Performance Installation
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Museum of Art, Johnson Gallery

Visiting Assistant Professor Jonathan Vandenberg, Artist-in-Residence in Dance Scotty Hardwig, and Middlebury Theatre and Dance students


Working in collaboration with Middlebury Theatre and Dance students, Visiting Assistant Professor Jonathan Vandenberg will direct a performance installation in the Museum of Art’s largest gallery. Axis mundi (“axis of the world”) is the concept in many traditions of a liminal realm between lower and upper domains, such as between the terrestrial and the celestial. Historically, this concept has been investigated through diagram, painting, sculpture, and architecture. In this performance installation, a radical Axis “diagram” emerges. Through simple, deliberate movements, two performers enact a wordless drama of its own polarities, including birth and death, eros and thanatos, finite and infinite.

Note: This is a performance installation. Visitors may arrive anytime during the hour-long showing from 1 to 2pm. A discussion moderated by Artist-in-Residence in Dance Scotty Hardwig with the collaborators will be offered immediately after the performance from 2 to 2:30pm. FREE.

Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Director of the Arts, and the Theatre Department.