“The Dialectic of the Stars: Drag Me Crazy” at Ford Theatres

The Dialectic of the Stars: Drag Me Crazy took over the Ford Theatres for a baroque spectacle on a Sunday afternoon.

Ford Theatres was an extended stage and true gallery space for the amazing The Dialectic of the Stars: Drag Me Crazy.

On a brisk but sunny February afternoon, people hopped off the 101 to explore the Ford Theatres and all its drama.

Beginning with the climb up the hill to theater itself, visitors were welcomed by Lucky Dragons’ ethereal sound piece EXPLOITATION OF AIR (2017), which would follow them all throughout the theater’s labyrinth like a companion’s breath.

Performers from Emily Mast’s Ashes in I’s (2017) were scattered throughout as well; their chirps and laughs and cries echoed through the spaces, giving glimpses of the incredible chorus to come.

Scoli Acosta chose the architecture of the theater’s community room as his medium—gifting it with a gigantesque pink and silver column.

Alison O’Daniel’s new video for The Tuba Thieves, shot in the beautiful dressing roomswas also visible throughout the space. Installed in the dressing room were works by Assaf Shaham that all played with the winking and shimmering hypervisibility of the space.

Hoël Duret transformed the green room into a true green room—a lush bioscape from the future.

At 4:30pm, the performances begin. Alan Chan conducts Emily Mast’s choir of the highs and lows of human emotion. Rafaela Lopez’s performers, clad in the garb of The Ramones, somberly moved through the amphitheater in a silent ritual, holding objects bought at the border between the US and Mexico. Their pent-up energy exploded once arrived on the stage with the waiting audience, exuberantly dancing in a spirit of protest to “Hey Ho Vamos”. Lucky Dragons ushered us all from day into night…with a moving meditation on the formation of air into words.

Finally, Robert Karimi’s dinner-performance Cards Against Iranians, Syrians, and More was a thoughtful yet exhilarating end to the night. “Play to play, play to win, or play to survive?” was the question of the night, determining of the kind of sustenance one would have to play. A question to be carried out of the Ford and into the night.