How To Build A Forest


How To Build A Forest is a durational performance installation in which D’Amour and Pearl build and dismantle an elaborate, simulated forest over the course of an eight hour work shift. Addressing the disconnect between urban dwellers and the natural world, the installation, made primarily of fabric, small gauge steel and found materials, was created by visual artist Shawn Hall working with a team of young artists in New Orleans. The performance begins and ends with a bare stage and includes subtle spectacle, moments of text written by D’Amour, and repeated, isolated interactions amongst performers, objects and viewers. How To Build A Forest is inspired in part by 100 trees lost at D’Amour’s family home in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina and was subsequently informed by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A field guide that tracks the source of materials used in the installation will be given to everyone attending.

Project Updates

  • 2011: How to Build a Forest premieres at The Kitchen in New York

  • 2011: PearlDamour develop How to Build a Forest in residency with collaborator Shawn Hall at the Antenna Gallery in New Orleans

  • 2011: PearlDamour present work-in-progress version of How to Build a Forest during residency at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC

  • Artists

    Lisa D'Amour

    D’Amour is a playwright and interdisciplinary artist. Her plays have been commissioned and produced by theaters across the coun…


    Katie Pearl

    Katie Pearl makes site-specific performance and develops new plays for the theater with playwrights and artists around the country. With long-term co…


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