Borders (sin título)

If nations are stories, then Marina Colomina and Liz Peterson can talk about national borders as catastrophes: ruptures of the rising action of both people and places. And if nations are stories then techniques to blur narratives as they unfold become transferable tools for survival. How do you get from one story to another? By crossing, entangling, envisaging, punning, translating, adapting.

Liz and Marina’s conversation began in the work of Public Recordings’ 2013 production what we are saying. In their long-distance duet, Borders (sin título), Aristophanes’ The Clouds functions as an origin and example, an absurd simulacrum for the primordial story of inside and out. A Classical Greek comedy about the tensions between traditions and intellectual trends, governed by a chorus of shape-shifting goddesses, offers the framework for Public Recordings’ new action. Borders (sin título) premieres in Toronto in September 2018.

Borders is being developed with the support of L’Estruch, Fábrica de Creació de les Arts en Viu, Ajuntament de Sabadell and La Poderosa, Barcelona, Spain, where the work-in-progress will be presented this December 16-17, 2017. 

Co-created and performed by Marina Colomina and Liz Peterson. Music and sound designed by Matt Smith.