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FROM THE ARCHIVES: THE 1980’S

 

A NEW YORK SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL/MABOU MINES PRODUCTION
PRESENTED BY JOSEPH PAPP

HAJJ
A PERFORMANCE POEM

The Public Theater – April, 1983

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY

LEE BREUER

 

 

PERFORMED BY

RUTH MALECZECH

“The collaborative conception of the piece meant that it was up to Maleczech to supply the “memories,” and she chose a trip she took as a child with her father in an army truck as the basis for the prerecorded video. Videographer Craig Jones, meanwhile, came up with the idea of setting the piece at a vanity table, using two-way mirrors to make the video a metaphor for observing oneself. “We also had in the back of our minds the Dorian Gray idea that the image of oneself changes in relation to one’s spiritual position,” says Breuer.”
 

Don Shewey, American Film, January-February 1983

 

“Her reflections in the mirror … stand out with the lucidity of three dimensional photographs.”

– NY Times Mel Gussow – May 11, 1983

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