San Francisco

Suzanne Hellmuth and Jock Reynolds


Navigation, A Visual Theatre Performance by SUZANNE HELLMUTH and JOCK REYNOLDS, provided a bona fide contender for the type of reminiscences upon which performance art, by its temporary nature, must rely heavily for the creation of its own mythology. For about 25 minutes. Then, as do so many performance pieces, Navigation overworked a potentially good but rather single-minded idea (neatly encapsulated in the title, so there really weren’t any surprises) and, unlike the paintings it so often resembled, gave the weary viewer no chance to escape until the nearly ad nauseam, wavy end.

Navigation, accompanied by On the Other Ocean, appropriately watery music by David Behrman, proceeded without story line to demonstrate a sort of aquatic pilgrim’s progress, and succeeded in emerging without dramatic impact as well. A number of male and female persons in white sailor suits entered the stage from

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