Only Breath, Words
Only Breath, Words is a theatrical production about language, identity, and intimacy by Anna Craycroft that has been in development at EMPAC since 2018 and will premiere in September 2022.
Only Breath, Words is a performance without actors in which the voice is delivered by the theater itself, as its HVAC system “exhales” through flue pipe sculptures created by Craycroft. These instruments create hums, murmurs, and moans while words and fragments of phrases flash and glow on grids of lights that move across the stage.
Following an extensive period of experimentation, fabrication, and staging, Craycroft invited composer Sarah Hennies to work with the instruments in order to produce a score for the premiere of the work.