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Artship Ensemble undertook a research into proportions of the human body as the starting point for move-ment for Tarantella, Tarantula.
Catrina Kaupat and Tom Franco,
The text below are direct copies from the exhibition
Drawings of the proportions of human bodies
Drawings by Nathaniel A. Bolton, made continuously at the incubating and rehearsal process for the Tarantella, Tarantula.
Old map of Italy featuring, lower left,
An interior of an ancient Egyptian pyramid, possibly related to the architecture of the caves of the Sybil at Cuma.
Mardi Van Winkle, core member of Artship Dance/Theater, enacting a Tarantella woman
Athanasius Kircher’s map of Apulia, with images of tarantulas and the musical notation of a curative melody. Early 17th century.
A characteristic dwelling, typical of Apulia, land of Tarantella, called Trulo. Part of the Fano international summer school for the arts run by Slobodan Dan Paich.
Salvatore Rizzo, a local craftsman and com-munity leader, one of the mentors of Slobodan Dan Paich, using his body as a source of pro-portion for making a basket.
Core members of Artship Dance/Theater,
Medieval mnemonic method for remem-
African numerical system using fingers, arms,
Hand as a simple device for finding one’s way
Bas-relief from ancient Rome depicting Tarantella-like dance with clear references to Egyptian deities and the Greek god Dionysius.
A fresco from Pompeii depicting a Tarantella- like healer, watching over a woman resting after an exhausting process of dance therapy.
Images from Mediterranean cultures, which inspired the movements and gestures in Tarantella, Tarantula.
Photographs by Dennis Letbetter of Artship Dance/Theater core members performing elements of Tarantella, Tarantula at SomArts March 2006.
Two drawings by Augusto Ferriols, a founding member of Artship.
Performers at Lafayette Park in San Francisco with egg-shaped sculptures designed by Slobodan Dan Paich and co-create with Tom Franco. Artship Dance/Theater collaborated with San Francisco Neighborhoods Park Council in creating this performance piece, entitled Coexistence, incorporating early seeds of the Tarantella, Tarantula performance.
Tom Franco and Catrina Kaupat performing in the tree at Artship Dance/Theater’s Coexistence project in Lafayette Park, San Francisco in 2005
Net made by Evelyn Ross for Artship Dance/Theater, here seen in one of the rehearsals used by core members of
Photo montage of Tom Franco, executing
Three alchemical diagrams, from background research for Tarantella, Tarantula.
Tom Franco against a sculpture of an ancient Greek sunken ship. Photomontage by TheArthur Wright.
Historical representations of dancing women, possibly related to Tarantella, from background research for Tarantella, Tarantula.
Artship core members performing an element of Tarantella, Tarantula
Five images which were the generating force in the inception of the Tarantella, Tarantula.
Spring Moon, a retelling of the Persephone myth, by Artship Dance/Theater, for the 2005 reopening of North Beach Pool in San Fran-cisco, enacting elements used in Tarantella, Tarantula.
Four small installations of dried oranges inspired by Tarantella woman preserving and drying fruit, vegetables, insects, and animal parts for their ceremonies of healing,
Series of images from the Ellis Island Collect-ion of Italian Immigrants and associated papers, at the time of the story for Tarantella, Tarantula.
|Photographs by Dennis Letbetter|