Firefall is a project that will exist in several linked dimensions, individually and simultaneously; the Firefall website will travel with and be an integral part of live Firefall performances. The central space is a constantly evolving website through which live performances, altered video stream and re-edited video will be displayed. In the live performances, prepared content will be interwoven with real information and alternate versions of real information from different parts of the world by tuning into live television/web broadcasts. About forty percent of the piece will be improvised by the performers as they react to what is happening in current news reports as they appear on the live feed. A drama will emerge as the actors struggle to return to their script and conform to an agreed upon “reality,” while constantly informed about the transitory nature of the circumstances in which they perform, from both factual and affected sources.
A feature length video is created during the rehearsal time and performances involving some of the content of the live show, is used as the background for another completely different story. It exists as a related element to the live show and becomes material for several other websites that spin-off as their own entities in reaction to the central website. Here another drama emerges as the original struggles against being consumed by its own naturally expanding form/self. In this way, a network of alternate “characters/entities” is created.
Firefall is the beginning of a new direction in Jesurun’s work, in which he reinvents the medium of theater by introducing the internet as an additional tool for transformation.For this project Jesurun will collaborate with Dayton Taylor, who has worked with him in the past as a technical director. Taylor is widely regarded as the inventor of among other things the “Timetrack” system used in many films today.