What This Place Does Not Remember is an operatic installation in Vizcaya's forgotten Southern Property. Drawing inspiration from the mythical Queen Dido from Henry Purcell’s Baroque opera, “Dido and Aeneas”, the physical installation acts as a re-incarnation of the exotic wildlife once present in the southern grounds, as well as a surrealist operatic set for Queen Dido’s own loss of a promised future. Hundreds of entangled ropes hang heavy amidst mangroves and swamp waters. Confronting a failed utopia, "What This Place Does Not Remember" is propelled by themes of untamed desires for legacy and grandeur amidst great vulnerability.
Directed by Yara Travieso
Set Designed by Mira Lehr
Performed by Amanda Crider, Jackie Bulnes, and Angela Maleh
What This Place Does Not Remember, was commissioned as part of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens’ centennial exhibition “Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya”.