The Deaths of Pan

from left to right: Echo (Siqi Sun), Pan (Ria T. DiLullo), Extras (Casey Robbins)

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This page contains:

– A poetic meditation on Pan, by Ioana Jucan

– A Report on a Story of Pan and Echo, by Casey Robbins

– photos from and a few notes about The Deaths of Pan, written and directed by Ioana Jucan, performed by Ria T. DiLullo, Casey Robbins, and Siqi Sun (Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence RI, March 2012)

The Deaths of Pan in several performances, written and directed by Ioana Jucan, performed by Arianna Geneson and Dan Ruppel (recorded between October and December 2011)

– additional plays by Ioana Jucan, adding up to seven deaths of Pan

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Pan,

god of nature.

god of fertility,

god of the wild

god that dies

– the dying god Pan

god that stirs the panic

the panic that hits without notice

that hit those who tore Echo into pieces

and spread her body across the world

– a world that has meanwhile emerged as connected,

possibly entrapped in an echo

– Echo’s members calling each other from afar –

networked, perhaps

the world

– in need of re-membering.

A Report on a Story of Pan and Echo, by Casey Robbins:

oh yes things exist like the echo when you yell at the foot of a

huge mountain

(Ikkyū, from Crow With No Mouth)

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The Deaths of Pan Photos and a few Notes

written & directed by Ioana Jucan

(Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence RI, March 2012)

Featuring:

Pan ……………………………………………………………………………..… Ria T. DiLullo

Echo …………………………………………………………………………. Siqi Sun

Extras (as characters from other plays) ………..…………………. Casey Robbins

The Preface_Reader/Pan (on film) …………………………………. Richard Manning

Technical Team:

Scenic Design …………………………………………………………………. Rebecca Henriksen

Video Design …………………………………………………………………..  Julian Francis Park

……………………………………………………..……………………………… Adrian Randall

Sound Design …………………………………………………………………… Alex Eizenberg

Lighting Design ………………………………………………………………… Chezev Matthew

………………………………………………………………………………………. Jungmin Lee

Poster Design …………………………………………………………………….. Marion Gast

Production Manager ………………………….……………………………….. Quyen Ngo

Assistant Director ……………………………………………………………….. Ria T. DiLullo

photo courtesy of Rebecca Henriksen

WRITER/DIRECTOR’S NOTE

The Deaths of Pan springs from and re-works the myth of the mortal god of nature, human nature, and prophecy, Pan (whose name is at the root of the word “panic”) and the nymph Echo. It proposes an experience of thought presented through the metaphor of a love story set in contemporary Providence. Through playing and playing-pretend, Pan and Echo search for ways to live (and live through) their separation, navigating different structures of nostalgia, looking for new beginnings and newly re-imagined pasts. The Deaths of Pan traces their journey together apart in a meditation on how identity evolves over time between first and second nature, between artificial constructs and natural impulses, when nature comes to be understood as that which is always slightly ahead of us. In this way, the piece seeks to express a contemporary myth of (re-)creation. For, today, the place of myth is no place, but it might emerge where one least expects it. And “the real must be fictionalized in order to be thought” (Jacques Rancière). But what is the proper way to do it? What part do the proper, and the matter of property (and propriety), come to play in this process of fictionalization?

– “I’m not a skeptic, but I’ve learned to doubt…” Thus speaks Pan. Will s/he be able to regain belief in the world? –

(Ioana Jucan)

VISUAL ARTIST’S STATEMENT

The Shakespearean monologue in As You Like It that brings us the familiar “All the world’s a stage, / And all the men and women merely players,” continues with “They have their exits and their entrances; / And one man in his time plays many parts, / His acts being seven ages” (As You Like It, Act II Scene VII).  I began to contemplate these seven ages—infancy, schoolboy / childhood, lover, soldier, the justice, the pantaloon / old age, and second childishness / mental dementia and death—as both stages of life and also metaphorical stages of loving, romantic relationships in conjunction with The Deaths of Pan.  As both paintings and props, these panels are meant to both represent and evoke these stages.

(Rebecca Henriksen)

A Special Thank You To: 

Carmen and Cornel Jucan, Karen and Mel Henriksen, Erik Ehn, Hans Vermy, Alex Eizenberg, Peter Bussigel, Quyen Ngo, Richard Manning, Nancy Safian.

Techno-Mythologies was made possible in part by a grant from the Brown University Creative Arts Council and is supported by a Production Workshop New Works Grant.

The Deaths of Pan  – In Several Performances

written & directed by Ioana Jucan

performed by Arianna Geneson and Dan Ruppel

(created in early October 2011)

Audio performance

Video clip

Ride (created in early October 2011)

Audio Performance

Video clip

There There (created in late October 2011)

Audio performance

Video clip

7 Acts of 2nd Youth (created in November 2011)

Audio performance

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