PASSION is a new performance exploring the space that our desire and longing inhabit while rehearsing perseverance. Responding to Carl Theodor Dreyer’s iconic silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc, Rachel Jendrzejewski and Zoe Aja Moore collaborate to create an embodied investigation of the fraught relationship between feminism and emotion, from Joan of Arc’s day to current political moments. In its heyday, silent film was often seen as a congregation, a gathering of an audience for a nonverbal event that led to a spiritual experience. PASSION gathers a congregation in a former silent movie palace, but with no film and no iconography — ultimately inviting us to face each other and ourselves.
An early version of PASSION was presented at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on August 18, 2019
Created by Zoe Aja Moore and Rachel Jendrzejewski
Text by Rachel Jendrzejewski
Directed by Zoe Aja Moore
Featuring Dorothy Dubrule, Jessica Emmanuel, Briġid Gallagher, Mireya Lucio, Gabriella Rhodeen
Sound Design by Duncan Woodbury
Production Design by Shannon Scrofano
Lighting Design by Josephine Wang
Costumes provided by LACAUSA
Also featuring recorded excerpts of a live score by Julia Holter for Dreyer’s film, performed by Julia, Corey Fogel, Devin Hoff, Dina Maccabee, and Tashi Wada.
Produced with Los Angeles Performance Practice and made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; Network of Ensemble Theaters’ Travel & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; The Playwrights’ Center; and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) through a grant from The McKnight Foundation; and 120 generous Kickstarter backers.
Image – PASSION at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel (photo by Jonathan Potter)