Neill Bogan and Susan Loftin, Theater

Nexus Contemporary Art Center

Theater was a collaboration between performance artist Neill Bogan and sculptor Susan Loftin, combining sculpture, video, and theater in a coherent, stimulating, and eerie performance work. Loftin reconceived the interior of the Nexus Theater by blocking off the seats from the aisles with ceiling-high, pastel-colored chain link fencing and, at the same time, connecting the stage and the audience via two wooden bridges and linking a chair at front row center (occupied by Loftin during the performance) to a chair onstage with a “corridor” created by two suspended ropes made of yellow tape. The fencing and the careful articulation of space are characteristic of Loftin’s previous installation work. Bogan’s contribution was evident in the activity on the stage itself. Actors—most of whom were members of the ACME Theater Co.—presented various vignettes, performing snatches of melodrama, busying

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