Sister Sylvester Returns Sept. 3-19 With They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain, presented by JACK (Brooklyn)!

Photo by Maria Baranova

They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain is an original multi-disciplinary performance by Sister Sylvester. Based on firsthand interviews and research, it charts the story of a film that caused a revolution. Using Peter Whitehead’s 1969 cult film, The Fall, and its rumored influence on international political activism in the 1970s, it combines firsthand interviews and the company's blend of video and movement-based performance. Staged within the genre of performance lectures, the play explores the connections between image and action, artist and activist.

Several years ago, director Kathryn Hamilton began to explore a provocative story: that British director Peter Whitehead’s seldom-seen 1968 film The Fall inspired the 1974 student occupations in Athens that forced the junta to cede power and restored democracy to Greece. Based on interviews with leaders of the Columbia University occupation by the SDS in 1968 (captured in the film), Peter Whitehead makes the case between art and politics, utopianism and nihilism, and the potential for art to effect social change. They Are Gone And Here Must I Remain uses these materials, along with the experiences of the artists involved to question the point of contact between the between the image and action

They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain features Kathryn Hamilton, Kelsea Martin, and Cyrus Moshrefi. Performances are Thurs.-Sat., Sept. 3-19; opening night is Friday, Sept. 4. All tickets $20 (except for Sept. 3 preview, $15). Available online through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.