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"Do or do not; there is no try." - Yoda
figments represents a series of "tries": attempts to remember, recast and reconfigure an earlier work, also called figments, that was lost or destroyed early in 2012. The only surviving material of the original is contained in a small number of photographs taken while composing. These photographs offered triggers for building up material in a non-linear fashion, a collage of moments.
In this new work, every so often a cohesive narrative emerges, but equally often the train of thought is obscured or lost, only to be taken up again, remembered differently or approached from a new angle. The task of completion and reconciliation of competing and conflicting materials is eventually abandoned, leaving tangents to integrate and disintegrate freely, the initial goals perhaps concealed or missed in the remembering.
To me, "do or do not" is an oversimplification bordering on authoritarianism; "trying", while transient and rich with flaw and slippage, is the only tangible and realistic form of action here.
written for 175 East
25 Nov 2012: Performed by 175 East at Q Theatre Loft, Queen Street, in Auckland.