I’ll refrain from personal commentary here as I’ll be waxing on last night’s screening/ performance/ after-party for Flash Art. I feel perfectly comfortable trafficking in hyperbole for just a moment though: Sussman’s Rape of the Sabine Women is an absolute must-see. Following each screening, members of the original cast perform a piece developed on site specifically for the work’s West Coast premiere. Tonight. 8 p.m. in the SFMOMA theater. Not to be missed.
Synopsis of the work, from the SFMOMA press release:
The work recasts Rome’s founding myth of abduction and peaceful settlement as a chaotic fall from midcentury idealism. Constructed as a 1960s period piece, the film presents the Romans as government agents, the Sabines as butchers’ daughters, and their union as an affluent, International Style idyll. Inverting the Roman source, the piece tracks not the origins of empire, but the end of utopia.