Faculty Member Bryan Saner in Upcoming Performance Testimonium

InterArts faculty member Bryan Saner will perform in Testimonium, which presents recitation, movement, and music, composed in response to Testimony: The United States 1885 – 1915, the unfinished masterwork by the American Objectivist poet Charles Reznikoff. Saner recites a reimagined text, unfolding the original with biographical and philosophical material. Stephen Fiehn performs a series of near-silent movement sequences, activating objects on the installation-like stage. Joan of Arc (Tim Kinsella, Bobby Burg, and Theo Katsaounis) perform live an original 6-song cycle. Three alternating modes of performance form a complex weave at three radically different volume levels.


After a long period of collaboration among the many artists involved, the performance will be the premiere of the completed work that touches on justice and the law, physical gravity, songs and spoken word. Lin Hixson directs with Matthew Goulish as dramaturg. The guests artists for this production are Daviel Shy assistant director, Joan of Arc songs and music, Stephen Fiehn performative installations, Michael Schmelling Lighting Design.

A Every House Has a Door production, performance times are as follows:

October 18 and 19, at 7:30 p.m.
October 20 at 2:00 p.m.
October 24, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.
October 27 at 2:00 p.m.

Admission is free. Click here to RSVP. Because seating is limited the event may sell out, so reserve your spot as soon as possible.

As part of this project, Joan of Arc has produced an album (vinyl with a download option) with the songs they created in response to the Reznikoff’s texts and what they will be performing live in Testimonium. For more information on the album click here.

For more information about the company and performance click here.
See a one minute trailer of the piece here.