OUT OF CONTEXT- this quote provides a very exciting point of entry for contemporary performance, literary and visual art:
"To understand what it has to offer, one must learn how to read it. [It] is not a textbook, but is like an ocean with waves and currents and eddies and whirlpools and quiet caves. It calls for suspending one's normal mode of conceptual progress until one has discovered where the tides and techniques of this new medium will carry him. Water is, to man, a distorting element, and probably whatever he sees in it will not be seen as it really is. The ecstatic surges in his body as he rides the swells will not be forgotten after he has found his feet once again on the sand. Like riding the waves, or listening to great music, this [it] wafts one to where he can perceive reality in new configurations that unite the subjective and the objective. It does not so much convey specific fact as arrange science, myth, philosophy and poetic narrative in peculiar combinations which can generate remarkable experiences..."
Niegel Smith is a founding member of 425D, a director’s lab. His New York directing credits include SEED
(Classical Theatre of Harlem and Hip Hop Theater Festival), Neighbors (Public Theater), Ether Steeds
(Fringe Award for Best Ensemble), We Declare You a Terrorist (SPF), Metro Psalm, Rainy Days & Mondays
(Fringe Award—Fringe Encores), Maud–The Madness (Phoenix Ensemble Theatre), One For The Road
and LIMBS: A Pageant (HERE). He is Associate Director to Bill T. Jones on the musical FELA! and has
assisted directors Jo Bonney, James Lapine, Kristin Marting, Richard Nelson and George C. Wolfe. As
Co-Artistic Director of PERMISO with Todd Shalom, he has co-conceived and staged mass rituals in
public settings. Smith, a graduate of Dartmouth College, has received grants and fellowships from Theater
Communications Group, the Van Lier Fund, and the Tucker Foundation. Before attending high school
in Detroit, he grew up in the North Carolina piedmont, fishing with his dad, shopping with his mom and
inventing tall-tale fantasies with his two younger brothers.