Lightning Never Strikes the Same Place Twice is a critical, virtual journey through the psyche of Roy Sullivan—the real-life person who purportedly holds the world record for being struck by lightning: seven times. Sullivan encounters and falls hopelessly in love with the enchanting Hot Wire Honey, a woman made of glow-in-the-dark electrical cords, which symbolize Sullivan’s high voltage violence and his undeniably vital energy. Sullivan is also partially seduced by the flamboyance and graceful sophistication of the possibly inaccessible, cosmopolitan Ballerina Internationale, who seems to promise global inclusion. Sullivan’s adversary, the prickly and competitive Testosterony Pony, flaunts a masculinity that Sullivan can never achieve and also steals his love.
Performance artist, dancer, filmmaker and choreographer Catherine Galasso’s motivation has been to find a unique mode of expression that extends beyond traditional boundaries between media. She combines the ephemeral qualities of performance with the illusive permanence of film and video in order to create cutting-edge and provocative narratives. Although her pieces differ greatly in theme and execution, they are for the most part based on modern myth and idiosyncratic stories that inspire and move her. In terms of content, the eclectic pieces that constitute Catherine’s body of work are united by an ongoing fascination with stories of human struggle.
Presented at SOMArts by the San Francisco Film Society, with support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
What: Catherine Galasso’s “Lightning Never Strikes the Same Place Twice”
When: Saturday, December 12 at 8:00pm; and Sunday, December 13 at 8:00pm
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St (@8th), San Francisco
What else: Admission to the event is $18 per person, or $16.50 for seniors. Tickets are available in advance and can be purchased online here.