The Path of Pins or The Path of Needles is a new, devised performance piece conceived and led by writer/director Josephine Decker and co-directed by Decker and Dan Rothenberg. It is slated to premiere at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in Fall of 2022.
Decker’s investigation of “the mysterious communion of mother and child and the communion of the pregnant with one another" will launch our creative process this month, when we begin rehearsals. The Path of Pins or the Path of Needles aims to initiate audiences into a hidden world of special knowledge available only to the pregnant... and invites all of us who started life in the womb to think about the place of pregnancy in our culture, our politics, and our imaginations. Part dance, part ritual, and part comic exorcism, this new work brings Decker's singular vision into conversation with Pig Iron's 20-year investigation with site-specific and immersive theater.
This collaboration represents a return to live performance for Decker, who has made waves with critically acclaimed films such as Shirley (with Elizabeth Moss) and Madeline’s Madeline (with Miranda July). Decker studied with Pig Iron a decade ago and has been exploring her own devising methods in filmmaking alongside an embodied, somatic approach to cinematography. Pig Iron co-founder Dan Rothenberg says, "We are really, really excited to reconnect with Josephine; to exchange methods with another adventurer in the world of devising, and to bring such a celebrated artist from another medium back into the theater, to see what new language can be generated out of this kind of collision."
Major support for The Path of Pins or The Path of Needles has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the National Endowment from the Arts.