Off a run at JACK in September 2015, Sister Sylvester continued developing They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain, a hybrid lecture performance and filmic deconstruction, for the Public Theater's 2016 Under the Radar Festival, where it appeared as part of the Incoming! Series. American Theatre wrote that, "This always intriguing company continues to create unexpected, challenging work that approaches story and ideas from multiple angles and generates a thrill with unusual juxtapositions."
They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain 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, the performance combines firsthand interviews and the company's blend of video and movement-based performance to create a unique form of lecture performance.
Several years ago, director Kathryn Hamilton began to explore a provocative story: that British director Peter Whitehead’s seldom-seen 1969 film The Fall inspired the 1973 student occupations in Athens that ultimately 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 affect social change. They Are Gone And Here Must I Remain uses these materials, along with the experiences of the artists involved, to explore the relationship between the image and action.
- American Theatre review
- Culturebot.org review
- AXS review
- New York Times review
- HuffPo interview
- Brooklyn Paper interview
Performed by Kathryn Hamilton, Kelsea Martin, Cyrus Moshrefi (with a special appearance by Parivash Borojeni)
Text by Kathryn Hamilton in collaboration with the performers and Jeremy M. Barker
Video by Cyrus Moshrefi and Peter Lorrimer Whitehead
Production Assistant: Ry Szelong
Lighting Designer: Bruce Steinberg
Master Carpenter: Jennifer Gustavson
Chicken Wrangler & Dramaturg: Jeremy M. Barker
They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain was developed over two residencies: The Park Avenue Armory (invited guest by Sasha Frere-Jones), where it was shown as as a part of the Armory’s “Under Construction Series” in November 2014 and a developmental residency from KÖŞE performance space in Istanbul, Turkey. Support came from the Mental Insight Foundation and the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain was presented by JACK in September 2015. It was further developed through a residency with Dixon Place in NYC and partially funded by the Jerome Foundation.