The Triumph of Crowds

by Brigid McLeer


Premiered December 6-9, 2017, 7:30PM
Downtown Art
70 East 4th St.
New York, NY 10003
Tickets $18 / $15 for Seniors and Students
Publication by Litmus Press 2017


In our third round of the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers, we have chosen a work that is again very different to its predecessors. Triumph of Crowds is a layered work, weaving art history, film, and the contemporary politics and poetics of community. It opens up the space of performance into a time that is both meditative and urgent.

McCleer writes: “The Triumph of Crowds is a lecture as performance, or performance as lecture, distributed between the voices and gestures of ten performers. Written in response to Nicholas Poussin’s painting ‘The Triumph of David’ (1631), it explores the politics of public assembly, protest, and becoming ‘us’.”

Brigid McLeer is Irish living in the UK. She has been working and exhibiting mainly in visual art and installation, as well as performance and writing.