Satellites has been orbiting in our imaginations since 2009, when Inkblot, then called Antistrophe Ensemble, was brainstorming projects to be workshopped for the San Francisco Theater Festival. The “moons of Jupiter” idea has stuck with us for two years now, through countless revolutions and gravitational adjustments. We’re so excited to finally invite an audience into this strange world, where chunks of rock that used to be people spin out eternity, trying desperately to make sense of their memories, which may be composed of nothing more than ancient myths and specks of dust from other people’s lives.
In the process of developing Satellites, we have unlocked a deep fascination with the beauty and wonder and terror of space. It’s truly mind-blowing to contemplate the vastness of the universe and the inconsequence of our little lives. The grand scheme of things.
And yet, one person can be an entire world to another. We can pull each other into dangerous orbits. We can destroy each other with the devastating force of absence. But every day, we find ourselves on a habitable chunk of rock peacefully revolving in a mind-bogglingly improbable circle around a hospitable sun, barely able to comprehend how lucky we are to look up and wonder at the stars.
SATELLITES premiered as a work-in-progress at FURY Factory, the foolsFURY festival of ensemble theater, June 14 & 15, 2011.
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