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Tungsten (artery)

Janie Geiser / Erik Ehn

Janie Geiser’s work “prowls around the mysterious boundary-land between territories — like the lands of the conscious and the unconscious mind, or life and death, sanity and madness, hope and despair, animate and inanimate, nature and culture.” -HOLLY WILLIS / KCET
Tungsten (artery) is a multidisciplinary puppet play that merges bunraku puppetry, shadows, video, sound, and text to create an elliptical rumination on our transience, our earthliness, our dust. Tungsten (artery) is a meditation on mortality in an age where the lines between life and death are blurred.

A young woman is serially born and eaten by the planet. Going back and forth from grave to rebirth, experience grows confused – earth is space and the moon is dirt. The earth’s balance shifts; a new sense of anticipation and disruption in earth’s natural cycles stirs the world
– massive meteorological time contracted and newly written; a startling wildness is now familiar.

Tungsten (artery) centers on Cora, a contemporary Persephone, whose existential dilemma forms the center of the play. Half-asleep on a commuter train entering New York City, Cora struggles to remember where she is coming from, and where she is going. TUNGSTEN (artery) imagines Cora’s search for meaning, as she grapples with her responsibilities, her existential exhaustion, and the increasingly unfamiliar world of the upper air.

Tungsten (artery) is supported, in part, through a Getty Villa Theater Lab Residency and a Jim Henson Foundation Project Grant.


About Tungsten (artery)

Creative Team

written by Erik Ehn
directed by Janie Geiser

scene design by Shannon Scrofano
lighting design by Ellie Rabinowitz
video design by Carole Kim
sound design by Colbert Davis
costume design by Sandra Burns & Sarah Brown
additional music by Cassia Streb
puppet design and films by Janie Geiser

Performed by Molly Allis, Jenny Greer, Youssif Kamal, Moira MacDonald, Alexis Macnab, Erin O’Donnell, Whitney Rodriguez, Jessica Rosilyn, HIlario Saavedra

Production Stage Manager // Cameron Squire
Produced with Miranda Wright

Presentation History

Work In Progress // Getty Villa (Malibu, CA) — February 2015


Coming soon.

  • Joan Didion's THE WHITE ALBUM
    Lars Jan + Early Morning Opera
    The Institute of Memory (TIMe)
    Lars Jan + Early Morning Opera
    Tungsten (artery)
    Janie Geiser / Erik Ehn
    Fugitive Time
    Janie Geiser / Automata
  • Surfacing
    Holcombe Waller
    Lars Jan + Early Morning Opera
    Clouded Sulphur (death is a knot undone)
    Janie Geiser + Erik Ehn / Automata
    This World Made Itself
    Miwa Matreyek
  • Half Life
    Cloud Eye Control
    You Should Have Stayed Home, Morons
    RADAR LA 2013 / with support from Center Theatre Group
    Cooking Oil
    by Deborah Asiimwe, directed by Emily Mendelsohn / Kampala, Kigali, Los Angeles 2010-2013
    A Suicide Bombing by Invitation Only
    Early Morning Opera / Hi-Lite Gallery / Los Angeles 2011