Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed
David Neumann & Marcella Murray
With Performances by:
Hyung Seok Jeon, Marcella Murray, and David Neumann
Distances Smaller is currently in development
and will have its world premiere in January 2020,
co-commissioned and co-presented by
Abrons Arts Center and The Chocolate Factory.
In Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed co-creators David Neumann and Marcella Murray inhabit the questions “How can a white person and a Black person talk constructively about race? Will a conversation about race between a Black person and a white person always be inherently imbalanced - always? What might we be able to see on the other side of complicated and scary?”
Marcella Murray and David Neumann bring their several-years-long ongoing dialogue to the stage, setting it inside a public television talk show, and alongside astronomical questions of scale and time. Mirroring the current societal conversation, in all its hubris, fuckups, and wonders, Marcella and David weave personal stories in amongst historical events, scientific uncertainties, live video refuting ideas of scale, and periodic mesmerizing dances. Over-simplification is resisted. Imperfection is a given.
Co-Creators: David Neumann & Marcella Murray
Sound Design & Lead Collaborator: Tei Blow
Performers: Hyung Seok Jeon, Marcella Murray, David Neumann
Set Design: Chris Green
Costume Design: Montana Blanco
Administration: Amanda Brandes
Producer: Boo Froebel
The development of Distance Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed (working title) is being made possible, in part, by developmental residencies at Baryshnikov Arts Center; the Rauschenberg Residency/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; the SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), and multiple residencies at MANCC / the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University.