Bookending the series of public events held in Full Steam Ahead, Arlene Shechet invited Fiona Shaw to perform excerpts from T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. Of the performance, Jonathan Kalb wrote: “Shaw’s performance is terrifically apt in this place in a whole new way. She walks around speaking both to us (whoever will listen, that is) and to the marvelous, purposely artificial figural and mineral-shaped sculptures by Shechet that populate the dry fountain area. In doing this, she animates the suggested life force within the sculptures while also wryly acknowledging the absurd impossibility of real communication in such a circumstance. Neither the mute porcelain, wood and iron figures nor we can wholly attend.”

The Wasteland ( excerpts )  , performed by Fiona Shaw in  Full Steam Ahead , April 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nesteruk.

The Wasteland (excerpts), performed by Fiona Shaw in Full Steam Ahead, April 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nesteruk.

 
The Wasteland ( excerpts )  , performed by Fiona Shaw in  Full Steam Ahead , April 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nesteruk.

The Wasteland (excerpts), performed by Fiona Shaw in Full Steam Ahead, April 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nesteruk.

 
The Wasteland ( excerpts )  , performed by Fiona Shaw in  Full Steam Ahead , April 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nesteruk.

The Wasteland (excerpts), performed by Fiona Shaw in Full Steam Ahead, April 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nesteruk.

 
The Wasteland ( excerpts )  , performed by Fiona Shaw in  Full Steam Ahead , April 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nesteruk.

The Wasteland (excerpts), performed by Fiona Shaw in Full Steam Ahead, April 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nesteruk.

 
The Wasteland ( excerpts )  , performed by Fiona Shaw in  Full Steam Ahead , April 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nesteruk.

The Wasteland (excerpts), performed by Fiona Shaw in Full Steam Ahead, April 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nesteruk.

 
The Wasteland ( excerpts )  , performed by Fiona Shaw in  Full Steam Ahead , April 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nesteruk.

The Wasteland (excerpts), performed by Fiona Shaw in Full Steam Ahead, April 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nesteruk.

 
The Wasteland ( excerpts )  , performed by Fiona Shaw in  Full Steam Ahead , April 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nesteruk.

The Wasteland (excerpts), performed by Fiona Shaw in Full Steam Ahead, April 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nesteruk.

 
The Wasteland ( excerpts )  , performed by Fiona Shaw in  Full Steam Ahead , April 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nesteruk.

The Wasteland (excerpts), performed by Fiona Shaw in Full Steam Ahead, April 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nesteruk.