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Vine of the Dead explores the place and meaning of ritual in the 21st century by attempting to communicate across the divide between life and death. In a series of 11 rituals, the performance channels personal experiences of death and transcendence while exploring the spirituality of skepticism.

Created and performed by Obie and Bessie Award-winning director and designer Jim Findlay in collaboration with interaction and sound designer Ryan Holsopple, the performance conjures alternate realms of perception and consciousness through a dense visual and sonic landscape.

Performed by Jake Denney, Aleta Findlay, Jim Findlay, Ryan Holsopple, Maurina Lioce and Jessie Tidball

Written by Jim Findlay and Jeff Jackson Costumes and masks by Andreea Mincic Produced by Joel Bassin and the Collapsable Giraffe Produced in association with Meredith Boggia Productions

Vine of the Dead was made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; a 2015 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Artist Grant; and the MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funds come from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; PSC-CUNY Research Award; The Nancy Quinn Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) and Immediate Medium’s AGENCY program.

This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN Performance Residency Program. Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information:

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