New York

Matthew Maguire, The Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo

Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage

After two seasons as an ad hoc exhibition hall, the Anchorage’s neomedieval atmosphere, created by its 55-foot-high arched ceilings and dank air, was put to effective use by a site-specific performance, The Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo, sponsored by Creative Time, Inc. This mixed-media theatrical collage, written and directed by Matthew Maguire, of the Creation Production Company, a collaborative performance group with a special interest in theater and architecture, had a past as checkered as the Anchorage’s (originally intended as a warehouse for gold, it was used to store tires for city vehicles as late as 1983). Conceived for the singular Anchorage space, it was first presented on the conventional stages at New York’s LaMama Experimental Theater Club and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where it played like a 16th-century court masque–cum–lecture demonstration—intellectually

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