The man with sad eyes or Wild Eyes
By Michael Helland
The man with sad eyes or Wild Eyes excavates the palimpsest of materials written into the body of a contemporary dancer. After several years originating roles, exhibiting himself, and touring the world through the works of New York-based artists Big Art Group, Faye Driscoll, Marina Abramović, RoseAnne Spradlin, and robbinschilds, Helland takes a turn at unpacking this sediment to assemble a living archive and create a veritable product of his own design. Defining roles come back to haunt him in a precarious live performance obstacle course; a series of exercises in humility that threaten to thwart his presence. Character archetypes and identity clichés become musings for an accidental performance questioning notions of self-hood and propriety for a man searching for solid and familiar ground in a foreign land.