CounterCurrent Festival 2015: Johnbrown by Dean Moss
Steeped in a childhood of grassroots organizing and pitched campaigns, multidisciplinary artist Dean Moss draws from an intimate and varied history with activism to create Johnbrown, a dark, wry meditation on the legacy of the white 19th-century abolitionist. The result of three years of research, Johnbrown layers live choreography and text with video performances of an original script by Thomas Bradshaw and a score by Stephen Vitiello.
Moss also incorporates a group of locally cast teenagers as production assistants. Presented in seven semi-autonomous segments titled after individual articles of John Brown's Provisional Constitution of 1858, Johnbrown melds an immersive audio/visual design and rigorous physicality with a disruptive impressionistic performance structure.