Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed

photo by Chris Cameron

photo by Chris Cameron


Co-Created by David Neumann & Marcella Murray

With Performances by:

Hyung Seok Jeon, Julius Powell, 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.

Associate Producer: Mabou Mines

In Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed, co-creators David Neumann & Marcella Murray create a staged conversation of intimate scale on the set of a tv talk show where they explore and unpack their several-years-long ongoing dialogue about race 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

Performers: Hyung Seok Jeon, Julius Powell, Marcella Murray, David Neumann

Sound Design & Lead Collaborator: Tei Blow

Video Design: Hyung Seok Jeon

Set Design: Chris Green

Lighting Design: Marika Kent

Costume Design: Montana Blanco

Original Music: Stew

Dramaturgy: Melanie George

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.