In Pablo Picasso’s Family of Saltimbanques (itinerant street performers), the subjects are standing in a quiet field brightly dressed in the costumes of their profession. Yet, at this moment, their stillness and pensive expressions speak of the uncertainty and fragile terms of existence they must accept in order to practice their art.
Though Picasso’s performers lived over 100 years ago, they are very like dancers today who have committed their lives to an art so ephemeral that it exists only when it is actually happening, and then vanishes before our eyes leaving only traces of their acts of devotion in the transparent realm of memory.
Though Picasso portrays his performers in a quietly reflective moment, one an be certain that when they appear in the town square tomorrow their performance will speak only of joy and the celebration of life.
Transparent Things (2012)
Choreography: Lar Lubovitch
Music: Claude Debussy, “String Quartet in G Minor,” Opus 10
Costumes: Reid Bartelme
Lighting: Jack Mehler
Current Cast: Anthony Bocconi, Chanel DaSilva with Brett Perry
Robbie Moore, Ruth Howard with Barton Cowperthwaite
Original Cast: Attila Joey Csiki, Katarzyna Skarpetowska with Reed Luplau
Brian McGinnis, Laura Rutledge with Clifton Brown
Transparent Things premiered on November 14th, 2012 at the Florence Gould Hall in New York City, accompanied by the Bryant Park Quartet