Catherine Galasso’s Fall of the Rebel Angels: X



  • House 19A, Nolan Park, Governors Island (map)

Fall of the Rebel Angels: X is an evening-length interdisciplinary work for five performers loosely inspired by the Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens. Using Rubens’ paintings as thematic scaffolding, the project investigates visceral physicality, sensuality and the spectacular. Begun in 2012, Fall of the Rebel Angels is an ongoing series of performance “studies,” with each chapter created for different casts and different sites. This approach mirrors Rubens’ own process: for every painting he would sketch several “studies” in pen and ink or charcoal. X is the tenth iteration of Fall of the Rebel Angels, and will combine content generated for previous studies with new scenes inspired by the Nolan Park former military housing units on Governors Island.