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TRACES (pilot) (2021)




Throughout her storied career, Sophie Calle made a name for herself through daring, controversial, “famously first-person” feats of obsessively documenting her own intimately personal travails, impersonating fictional characters in real-life situations, and even spying on strangers. In recent years, much of her work has reckoned with mortality and death; for example, she filmed her mother’s last moments of life and has held dress rehearsals for her own funeral. We are curious about the resonance of Calle’s work in this unprecedented time of pandemic and polarized politics, as so many people are processing loss and contemplating their own mortality in new light, while simultaneously navigating rampant political misinformation and distrust--all realities complicated further by the necessity of social distancing.

This fall, we will share the first work-in-progress excerpt of our performance research towards the development of complete version of TRACES in 2022. This work takes individual audiences members, equipped with time-synched audio devices, listening to a narrator who prompts them to trace the journey of an individual (an actress) through a series of real public locations throughout the city, and document their actions via audio, video, and photo recordings.

The pilot performance of TRACES will take place in late October in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (NY.) Scroll below to reserve a viewing.




conceived and directed by | Ivan Talijancic

in collaboration with the writer | Rachel Jenrdrzejewski

featured performer (pilot edition) | Melody Bates

additional performers (pilot edition) | Ivan Talijancic, Will Beinbrink




TRACES (pilot) presentations will take place throughout the day on:

Monday, October 25, 2021

Admission is free. Reservations at: hq@waxfactory.nyc
(UPDATE (10/10/2021): Since our initial announcement on the social media, all appointments for this presentation have been reserved and we are now at capacity.


Development of TRACES has been made possible, in part, through support from:


_City Artist Corps Grants program, presented by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre

_RESTART NY program administered by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature

_Ensemble/Playwright Collaboration Grant administered by the NET/Network of Ensemble Theaters

_Foundation for the Contemporary Arts (New York, USA)

_Emily Harvey Foundation (Venice, Italy)  

_Università Ca’ Foscari (Venice, Italy)