February's FOR ONCE was McGuffin - a collaborative performance piece created and directed by New York based visual artist and director Deville Cohen
Impulsive and unabating, our drive to escape and move forward is unrelenting. Starting with great conviction and intensity, the stimuli, motivation, and intention mutate in the journey. Borrowing its title from fiction, the McGuffin - is a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or another motivator that a narrative pursues, often with little or no explanations nor rationale - it is this drive that is of subject here.
McGuffin was a sculptural interpretation of the cinematographic chase scene into a high-action interdisciplinary performance. In its elaborate scenic design movements transformed the sets and props so that the three performers served as human-operators of a performative-kinetic-sculpture. McGuffin used architecture, strict choreography, and video projection in order to subvert the spatial syntaxes of both theatrical and cinematographic spaces and the hierarchies they embody.
Creator and Director | Deville Cohen
Performers | Thulani Chauke, Tushrik Fredericks and Nonku Phiri
Videographer and Projection Mapper | Noah Cohen
Composer / Sound designer | Dion Monti
Dramaturge | Thireshen Govender
McGuffin has received generous support from The Artis Grant Program. This work was produced with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund.