Inspired by John Ford’s 1956 film, The Searchers, Frontier includes an online video series and a live performance, which unfolds within a projected video landscape featuring locations derived from the original film, animations, and video footage from modern small-town America. A central character takes the inner lives of the film’s seven characters to represent aspects of himself. As he reimagines The Searchers to understand his own concerns, the conflicts between Native Americans and cowboys transform into inner psychological forces, revolving around questions of family accountability and male ambition.
Collaborating Artists: Erin Gee (Composer); Patrick Kelley (Video)
Each performance will run approximately 15-20 minutes. Colin Gee is presented within the 5:00pm – 7:00pm set. Follow by a short discussion, moderated by Helen Shaw.
Photo by Colin Gee
Trained as an actor at the Jacques Lecoq School and the Dell’ Arte School of Physical Theater, Colin Gee was the founding Whitney Live artist-in-residence at the Whitney Museum. Recipient of a 2012 Rome Prize in Design and a 2011 EMPAC Dance Movies Commission, other commissions have included works for SFMOMA and the Whitney Museum. Frequently collaborating with sibling/composer Erin Gee, projects have included SLEEP (2009, Zürich Opera House), Mouthpiece XIII, Mathilde of Loci, Part I (2009, American Composer’s Orchestra, Carnegie Hall), Mouthpiece XX (2014, Vienna Konzerthaus) with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Mouthpiece VI+I (2014, Chicago) with Fonema Consort. Works in New York have been premiered at PS122, The Chocolate Factory, Joyce Theater, Whitney Museum, and many others. From 2000 to 2004 he was a clown with Cirque du Soleil.