H A L C Y O N

(2014)
Video

NARRATORS
Socrates           Bill Austin
Chaerephon     Sophia Ireland

SCRIPT
Plato's Complete Works, "Halcyon"

THANK YOU
Alex Moon
Brenda Brewer
Joe Kelly
Jenny Ireland
Valentin Brovko

SCORE
Johann Strauss II - An Der Schonen, Blauen Donau - Walzer, OP.314 - London Symphony Orchestra - Conducted by Franz Welzer-Möst

HALCYON | ˈhalsēən |
adjective
denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.
noun
a mythical bird said by ancient writers to breed in a nest floating at sea at the winter solstice, charming the wind and waves into calm.

Socrates: It’s a sort of sea bird, Chaerephon, called the Halcyon, much given to lamenting and weeping. There is an ancient account about this bird, which was handed down as a myth by men of old. They say that it was once a woman, the daughter of Aeolus the son of Hellen, who ached with love and lamented the death of her wedded husband, Ceyx of Trachis, the son of Eosphorus the Dawn Star - a handsome son of a handsome father. And then, through some act of divine will, she grew wings like a bird and now flies about the sea searching for him, since she could not find him when she wandered all over the face of the earth.

CONCEPT
The video work H A L C Y O N has arrived based on ruminations and research concerning performance art, theatre, repetition, rehearsal, and philosophy. The result is a collection of moving images accompanied by sound and narration. It is simultaneously an experimental comedy and a documentary drama. I would like to consider H A L C Y O N as a performance art play for video.