Jan 14 7:00pm - 8:30pm
A filmic collaboration between writer/director Alex Harvey and Banana Bag&Bodice, Space//Space will be presented as a part of the winter program at New York City’s preeminent home of experimental cinema, the Anthology Film Archives.
Anthology Film Archives is an international center for the preservation, study and exhibition of film and video with a particular focus on American independent and avant-garde cinema. Opening on November 30, 1970, at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater, Anthology has a longstanding relationship with the theater world, whether by working with companies using film as source material for the stage, admiring and showcasing companies for their ongoing work in the art of theater, or presenting theater companies delving into creating film themselves.
Fueled by the conviction that the index of a culture’s health and vibrancy lies largely in its margins, in those works of art that are created outside the commercial mainstream, Anthology strives to advance the cause and protect the heritage of a kind of cinema that is in particular danger of being lost, overlooked, or ignored.
Location: Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 [MAP]
It’s been ten years since Banana Bag & Bodice’s beloved experimental production SPACE//SPACE made waves in the New York theater scene (“WAITING FOR GODOT in space”, raved the New York Times). Now the married performance artist duo who created that infamous work are squeezed into the first wave of pandemic lockdown: alone in their attic, they rehash their claustrophobic container tale of two brothers stuck in a space capsule – but this time performing for a bank of empty seats. The play, and their relationship with their eight-year-old son, Zoom-schooling in the house below, merge into a semi-permeable dream about marriage, parenting, performance, and the elasticity of time in the age of Coronavirus.
SPACE//SPACE is a hybrid cinematic collaboration between writer/director Alex Harvey and Banana Bag & Bodice (aka Jason Craig and Jessica Jelliffe). A hall of narrative mirrors that keeps revealing and then hiding its subjects behind continually crumbling fourth walls, the film ponders the nature of relationship in isolation and the ways in which families perform for each other – and fail to perform for each other. Ultimately a grief cry made by artists and lovers, SPACE//SPACE laments an era where aliveness and physical connection are endangered species.
Hound Horse Dove and Grover Knows Productions Present
(2022, total run time 71 minutes)
Directed by Alex Harvey
Screenplay by Jason Craig and Alex Harvey
Based on the play “Space//Space” by Banana Bag & Bodice, written by Jason Craig
Starring Jessica Jelliffe and Jason Craig
Introducing Charlie Jelliffe
Executive producers Conor Bastable, Wendy Vanden Heuvel & Chris Sullivan.
Produced by Anne Troupe, Jessica Jelliffe, Jason Craig & Alex Harvey
Cinematography by Miklos Buk
Production Design by Jessica Jelliffe & Jason Craig
Editing and Sound Design by Alex Harvey