HERE Arts Center

In Performance: Joseph Keckler, Train With No Midnight (Prototype Festival)

Train With No Midnight Joseph Keckler Prototype Festival at HERE January 5-13, 2019 Do you remember the 2012 apocalypse? Joseph Keckler, silhouetted against a stuttering cloud of fog, begins his dark, off-kilter, hauntingly gorgeous cabaret by posing this question to the assembled audience. I don’t remember, of course, and nor does anyone else, because it didn’t happen. What I mostly remember is the hype, both wild-eyed and eye-rolling, leading up to this doomsday event supposedly foretold by the Mayan calendar. What Keckler remembers, which is far more complex and interesting, is the indefinable feeling that lingered after any such event failed to occur: a resignation, almost a disappointment. A sense, even, of loss. The apocalypse that wasn’t is the first in a series of what Keckler call...