The First Supper, 2011

Installation- found objects, live performance

Featured at the Hillyer Art Space in DC


Performers: Joanna Mitchell, Leslie Ortiz, Gene Saucier, Joseph Roberts

Video by Reed Ratynski


A collaboration between Michelle Gomez and Jonathan Wille, The First Supper is both an installation and three performances that deals with cultural and identity issues by looking at the idea of a traditional family. During the performances, viewers witness the artists enacting dysfunction at a family dinner, exploringthe notion of roles and performance particular to each family member. Thefather figure, transformed into a character through generalized stereotypes acts as the main character of the narrative. As three hour performances, viewers are invited to come and go as they please, offering an alternative to amore common audience-performer dynamic. Like a theater set, between performances the vibrant and chaotic dining room installation echoes of the absenceof the performers, emphasizing the physical presence of the viewer and their own performative roles as they enter the space. Support for The First Supper is provided in part by the Flo McGarrell Collaborative Projects Fund at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Video Documentation of 3 hour performance of

The First Supper, 2011 

Collaboration by Jonathan Wille and Michelle Gomez at the Hillyer Art Space, DC

Found objects, live performance

Performers: Joanna Mitchell, Leslie Ortiz, Gene Saucier, Joseph Roberts

Video by Reed Ratynski

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