Collaborative art piece makes debut at Clarion

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]If you ask Gery Trentham, one of the two creators of “The Color of Apology,” the performance art piece that premiered Friday April 18 in the Marwick Boyd Little Theatre, he would describe it as “something you’ve never seen before.”
Trentham has been working on the show for over three years now with Clarion professor and fellow artist Kaersten Colvin-Woodruff. It came to Clarion as a workshop wherein the creators spent the week working with students to prepare and then put on the performance. Some of the involved students were senior Christian Ryan who stage directed, junior Megan Bodish who designed the lights and junior Hank Bullington who was the projection and sound technician.

Gery Trentham stands in front of the intricate chandelier built for “The Color of Apology” before the beginning of the show.
Gery Trentham stands in front of the intricate chandelier built for “The Color of Apology” before the beginning of the show.

Trentham was very impressed at the way the show came together. “I love it here. They were so generous – everyone was so fantastic. They were here working nonstop for a week. The theatre community, the wonderful audience…it really felt supported.”
The show had many strong themes and ideas that drove its creation, including the falling body and how that can be a metaphor for a nation falling. Trentham also made a point of discussing the way shame was a theme incorporated into the show.
The idea around the shame aspect of the show was focused on “how we oppress others or how we are oppressed and how that can become shame. Shame from ourselves, but also shame placed on us by our society and how we overcome that and what kind of pains and violence happen because of shame.”
For Colvin-Woodruff, the show is “a contemporary performance piece that integrates visual arts and performance.” During the talkback, she also spoke about how the collaboration was an investigation between a visual artist and sculptor and a performing artist where the props are less props and maintain more of their artistic value and depth.
During the question and answer session following the show, she discussed how, in her creation of the pieces featured in “Apology” she needed to make things that Trentham was able to interact with as well as make their own statements. Some of the pieces were an intricate chandelier and several plumb bobs. It was also a way for her to showcase her work. “It’s nice finally to have my colleagues see something I’ve been working on and talking about for several years. It was also really nice for my students to see what I really do.”
Working excerpts of “The Color of Apology” from the Buffalo and Toronto shows can be seen on Vimeo.com.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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