89 Seconds at Alcázar is a single channel looped video inspired by Diego Velasquez’ Las Meninas. Treating the scene in the painting as a film still, the Rufus Corporation invented the actions that come before and after the depicted moment as if it were a fleeting gesture that continues as part of the movement of daily life. The camera’s 10 minute circumnavigation of the room has no clear beginning, middle or end and was shot as a single fluid choreography. Directed by Eve Sussman; Choreography by Claudia de Serpa Soares; Costumes by Karen Young; Sound by Jonathan Bepler. With Jeff Wood and Helen Picket as King Philip IV and Queen Mariana; and Walter Sipser as Diego Velasquez. For full credits see: collaborators

Eve Sussman and Rufus Corporation: 89 Seconds at Alcázar

The Meninas (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar)

The Meninas (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar), 2004

Erin as Maria (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar)

Erin as Maria (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar), 2004

The King and the Infanta (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar)

The King and the Infanta (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar), 2004

Nico & the Mastiff (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar)

Nico & the Mastiff (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar), 2004

De Espaldas (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar)

De Espaldas (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar), 2004

Philip & Mariana Reflected (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar)

Philip & Mariana Reflected (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar), 2004

King Sleeps (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar)

King Sleeps (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar), 2004

The Three - Velasquez, Maria & the Infanta (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar)

The Three - Velasquez, Maria & the Infanta (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar), 2004

The Widow on the Set (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar)

The Widow on the Set (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar), 2004

Set with Red Curtain (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar)

Set with Red Curtain (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar), 2004

Back to the Camera (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar)

Back to the Camera (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar), 2004

Royal Family (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar)

Royal Family (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar), 2004

Montage of 89 Seconds

Montage of 89 Seconds, 2004

Empty Set (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar)

Empty Set (Production Photo from 89 Seconds at Alcazar), 2004


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