“Loud, dark, foggy, sweaty and very live.”
“Hot Box” draws inspiration from a cinematic vocabulary — pans, zooms, cuts, etc. — and especially from such films as Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” and Werner Herzog’s “Fitzcarraldo.” A live performance situation is constructed that is violent and chaotic. And from that chaos, Rogers attempts to compose a sequence of video images that are quiet, sustained, focused and organized.
Conceived, directed and performed by Rogers, “Hot Box” is a companion piece to his Bessie-nominated 2010 performance “Selective Memory.” Where “Selective Memory” was extremely clean and minimalist in its approach, “Hot Box” is noisy and messy.
Rogers is a director, video artist, co-founder and artistic director of the Chocolate Factory Theater in Queens, where “Hot Box” was given its premiere last September.
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