"And they say romance is dead" was a collaboration between Jonathan Cottle, Tegan Ritz McDuffie and Teff Nichols.
It was the result of two years of workshops, starting with Incubator Arts Project's Shortform Program (http://www.incubatorarts.org/) where it was titled "Pretty Pictures Are Everything" and culminating with a production at Structure Thirteen, a new performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The piece was created by a process of collection and collage. Starting from a large group of research images, the team pulled in existing text, music, video and original content to create a cohesive piece exploring the traditions, notions and boundaries of Romance.
This process was largely inspired by the following quote from filmmaker Jim Jarmusch:
"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to."
Collaborators along the way included: Randi Rivera, Kate Marvin, Rachel Karp, John MacDonald, Melanie Jane Parker, Kevin Brouder, Chris Masullo, Peter Mills Wiess, Adam Barrie, Amanda Scot Elis, Harlan Alford, Bly Ariele Lauritano-Werner, Sean Patrick McGowan, Chris Devlin, Diana Stahl, Eugene Ma, Scott Thomas, Cleo Gray and many others!