Performance works

Total Facts Known

Total Facts Known (2009)

Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory


An adaptation of Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red, Total Facts Known physicalizes the act of identifying oneself inside of a myth. It is the contemporary story of a young, gifted and queer boy who is also a red-winged monster. As worlds slide in and out of focus, an ensemble of six recite lists of things they cannot do, give directives of things that they can, and manipulate objects and themselves, in order to convey acts of determination, to display real physical limits, and to give testimonies of the humble and tender condition of doing what we can with what we have.

Choreographed and Directed by: Jesse Hewit | Performance/Co-Collaboration by: Jorge Rodolfo De Hoyos, Jesse Hewit, Shawnrey Notto, Julie Phelps, Maryam Rostami, and Charles Slender | With Video by: Loren R. Robertson |  Photography/Audio by: Evan Roberts | Lighting Design/ Technical Direction by: Caitlin E. Crandall | Live Vocals by: Ara Glenn-Johanson | Music by: Bonnie Raitt, Patrick Wolf, Tom Petty, Alicia Keys


Total Facts Known (excerpts) by Jesse Hewit from Jesse Hewit on Vimeo.


Support from MCVF’s DIY Residency, SF