I tell you all this because I want to make being here all that matters. I want our vehicular flow, the road construction, all accidents and delays to be part of what constitutes here.
A long time ago, before Jesus, someone said, you need to be responsible for your own passage, all this life, all this living. Congestion will be, is, no matter how much we try to facilitate movement, no matter how much signage directs us.
Did you know that the ideal cruising speed is thirty miles per hour? Speed limits are just one example of a Traffic Calming Measure that engineers have come up with. Even they realize our hearts race though we sit still. (excerpt from The Provenance of Beauty)
Rankine’s spellbinding text reveals itself as the proud yet resentful voice of the Bronx itself, and draws provocative connections between past and present, potential and reality, borough and city, and—most affectingly—the exterior of the bus and the inside of the visitors’ heads.
Provenance makes the bustle outside the bus throb with history, mystery and meaning, as the best of live performances do. An elegant theatrical meditation on a pocket of the city you might never think of exploring.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
What is most exhiliarating about the roving stage is the way normally unnoticed urban characters and happenings become a part of the performance – a fresh attempt to realize the conceit of city as theater and theater as city.