"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
Rehearsal photo showing full cast and main hall of Polish Army Veterans Association of America (S.W.A.P.), Chicago, Illinois (2003)
"’Ice Floes of Franz Joseph Land’ was a piece that began with my interest in a hostage crisis in Moscow in 2002, when a faction of Chechnyan separatists stormed a theater. (What particularly interested me about that event was that the musical playing in the theater was based on a love and adventure novel about polar aviation and the Russian arctic, and that it had aspirations of being a kind of Broadway spectacle ‘with a Russian soul’. I thought that was painful- that, in Russia where there’s a tradition of theater as spectacle, the aspiration would be toward a Broadway spectacle.)"
- Catherine Sullivan