Tantalus

Site-specific
Building on 120th St, New York, 2012

Tantalus, an ancestor of Agamemnon and the House of Atreus, angered the gods and was sent to Tarturas.

In Pindar's First Olympian Ode, a rock perpetually lingered over Tantalus' head, poised to fall. In Homer's Odyssey, Tantalus stood thirsty and hungry with water and food just out of reach.

These two traditions collided in this performance installation. In a darkened space, a man is glimpsed bound to a wooden slab floating in a pool of water. An enormous rock hangs above, dripping water. A durational performance of two hours.

Concept, Scenic | Jonathan Vandenberg
Sculpture | Yu-Han Huang, A Ram Kim
Technical Director | Tom Gilmore
Lighting | Joe Novak
Dramaturg | Erik Grathwohl

Performer | Adam Roper