Drove Road


McHenry County, Illinois
with Andrew Adams, Claire Arctander, Linda Balek, Amanda Crockett,
Louis Dickinson, Pam Holt, Barbara Laing, Jeffrey Letterly, Lara Philip,
Carla Owens, Matthew Owens, and Nena Samardzija.
Photo credit: Jim Green and Joan Dickinson

Drove Road took place over a 22-mile route in rural McHenry County. Five sites were activated: the oldest cemetery in the county, a processional along an s-curve, an unused farm overgrown with trees, a small opera on top of a hill, and a pond circus. While working on the performance, I came across the writing of British photographer and antiquarian Alfred Watkins who “rediscovered” ley lines in the British countryside around 1921 describing them in his book The Old Straight Track. Ley lines, or leys, are alignments of ancient sites stretching across the landscape. Watkins surmised that these straight tracks were the remnants of prehistoric trading routes. With Drove Road, I came to understand the ley of a performed landscape as a collage, consisting of live events, human-generated and nature-made landmarks, expansive vistas, and stopping places chosen or created with an eye towards a cohesive narrative.


Boxcar Devotion Pretty Pretty Pretty Over There Too Thirteen Moon Dove Road Flower Atmosphere With all that She is She Desires to Give ... Hunter's Moon The Dream of the Owl Sisters
In the Palace of the Night Heron ZephyrZephyr The Architecture of Honey Cooking School of the Air Adjustment The Dream of the Owl Sisters Drove Road Other Work Labyrinth The Charioteer

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