Enemy of the Good (Performance)
Premiering December 7, 2007 in Miami, Florida, is multi-media artist Janet Biggs’ powerful new work exploring control, obsession and Man’s relentless pursuit of perfection. In this innovative performance, Biggs proposes new relationships between aesthetics and strength as well as action and desire. The Artist explores the boundaries of gravity and personal limits – and by extension, the boundaries of control and free will.
Janet Biggs merges the fierce athleticism and pageantry of jumping horses with the soulful chords of a cellist and the pounding percussion of a solo pianist against a landscape of large-scale video projections in her new multi-media performance Enemy of the Good.
With its title taken from the Voltaire quote, “the perfect is the enemy of the good,” Biggs’ performance examines the driving desire to transcend constraints and the impossible search for perfection. With nods to Busby Berkeley’s lavish musicals, the photographs of Muybridge, and referencing Santaigo Calatrava’s soaring architecture, Biggs explores the isolation and obsession required to make something difficult appear effortless and transcendent.
Accompanied by William Martina’s haunting cello, projected video images of athletes, animals, and musicians reveal the repetition, intensity, and obsession required of those reaching for perfection. The horse performs a synchronized pattern of interweaving circles, ending with the horse and rider leaping over rails in front of the video screens.
The video images change to ethereal, weightless swimmers as Andres Rodriguez on his grand prix champion horse gallops into the foreground, powerfully jumping the fences that block their path. The video projections are streaked with their shadows. A light comes up on concert pianist, Jose Luis Hernandez-Estrada, who dives into an intense solo. The piece builds to a crescendo as the soloist flies up and down the keys and the horse soars over one of the video projection screens.
Enemy of the Good tests the boundaries of gravity and personal limits and by extension the boundaries of control and free will.
Visual artist/Director: Janet Biggs
Cellist/Composer: William Martina
In 2006 he performed at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival and for many years has been associated with the Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, both as a student and as an instructor. In 2002, Will was employed by the Banff Center as a member of the Music Faculty. During this period, as well as teaching, he devised an improvised score for a Native American dance piece (Bones: An Aboriginal Dance Opera), was a collaborative artist during the Summer Keyboard Festival, and performed as soloist with the Banff Summer Festival Chamber Orchestra.
Will has previously collaborated with Janet Biggs on her work Airs Above the Ground (composing, arranging, and recording the accompanying music). The piece was recently displayed, to great acclaim, at the LOOP Video Art Fair in Barcelona. He is grateful and looking forward to furthering the collaboration with Janet in her work Enemy of the Good.
Pianist/Composer: Jose Luis Hernandez-Estrada
An artist with a deep commitment to the music profession, since making his formal debut at age ten with the Tamaulipas State Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), he has performed to critical acclaim in Germany, Spain, United States, Puerto Rico, Norway, and throughout Mexico.
Hernandez-Estrada holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance (Cum Laude) from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Conservatori del Liceu of Barcelona, Spain.
A respected music educator, he has produced and implemented numerous pedagogical programs in collaboration with organizations such as the Austin Chamber Music Center and the Van Cliburn Foundation. Hernandez-Estrada is the founder and artistic director of the Festival International de Piano Reynosa (Mexico), an annual cultural event which presents some of the most outstanding young pianists of their generation through solo recitals, lectures, and educational concerts.
Equestrian: Andres Rodriguez
Andres’ passion and respect for the horses carries through on all levels of the delicate care and preparation necessary to achieve success.
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