Emeline & Bernard: An Invitation to a Scene
by Audrey Malone and Justin Streichman
Text: Kelli Anne Noftle
Costumes: Joey Grana & Nina Behrsin
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Presented as part of Actions, Conversations & Interactions
An exploration of intimacy and relationship between the Palsgrave twins as they approach the unraveling of their sheltered existence. The work takes inspiration from the Beales of Grey Gardens (eccentric mother and daughter relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis), and the Silent Twins (reclusive and inseparable twins, June and Jennifer Gibbons, who were sent to Broadmoor Hospital in their teens for petty crime and arson).
The performance is interactive, with Emeline and Bernard inviting the audience into their living room for tea and cake. The audience-participants become guests at a party, where the twins attempt to outdo each other and grapple with reality as their inseparable bond deteriorates.