Susana Cook | Nuns on Ramp| Vote Code 63578

New York, NY
Performance on Hybrid Structures, 2016

Artist Statement

Nuns on Ramp

(A performance of ghosts of nuns)

Created by Susana Cook

Sound design by Julian Mesri

Assistant Director: Kaira Williams

Performers: Residents and artists of Grand Rapids, students representing GVSU’s Department of Art & Design and Kendall College of Art and Design.

Nuns on Ramp is a highly ritualistic experience inspired by Hybrid Structures, a piece created by Paul Amenta and Alois Kronschlaeger in the site of the old church at Rumsey Street.

This fantastic structure goes through the old buildings of the church, the nunnery and the priests’ house opening spaces of accessibility and love, shaking up its bricks and stories and waking up the ghosts of the nuns and priests that will parade on the ramp, creating processions, performances of rituals and rapture.

Performances : Fridays and Saturdays from 6-8 and Sundays from 3-5

Reflexión del Artista

Monjas en la rampa

(Una performance de fantasmas de monjas)

Creada por Susana Cook

Diseño de sonido por Julian Mesri

Asistente de dirección: Kaira Williams

Intérpretes: Residentes y artistas de Grand Rapids, estudiantes del Departamento de Arte y Diseño de GVSU y del Kendall College de Arte y Diseño.

Monjas en la rampa es una experiencia altamente ritual inspirada en Estructuras Híbridas, una pieza creada por Paul Amenta y Alois Kronschlaeger en la antigua iglesia en la calle Rumsey.

Esta fantástica rampa pasará a través de los antiguos edificios de la iglesia, el convento y la casa de los sacerdotes abriendo espacios de accesibilidad para personas discapacitadas, sacudiendo sus ladrillos e historias y despertando los fantasmas de las monjas y sacerdotes que vivían en esas casas que desfilarán en la rampa,  creando procesiones, representaciones de rituales y rapto.


Born in Argentina, Susana Cook is a New York based performance artist who has been writing and producing original work for over 20 years. She has presented over 17 original plays in New York and around the world. Susana writes and directs all her shows and performs in them with her company . Her work is bold and funny, cleverly tackling racism, homophobia and animal rights.  Her cast is comprised mostly of minority and queer women.  Her work has been presented in numerous performance spaces in New York City, including Dixon Place, PS. 122, W.O.W Cafe Theater, Ubu Rep, Theater for the New City, The Puffin Room and The Kitchen. She also performed internationally in Spain, France,  India,  Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Canada and at several colleges and universities around the country.

Some of her latest  shows are : Conversations with Humans, We Are Caligula,The Funeral of the Cow, The Homophobes, The Fury of the Gods, Homeland Insecurities,  The idiot King, The Values Horror Show, 100 Years of Attitude, Dykenstein, Hamletango, Prince of Butches, Gross National Product, Hot Tamale, Conga Guerrilla Forest, The Fraud, Butch Fashion Show in the Femme Auto Body Shop, Rats:The Fantasy of Extermination and Tango Lesbiango

She also received awards from New York Foundation for the Arts, Arts International, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, The Franklin Furnace Archives, The Puffin Foundation and INTAR.

Her work is archived at the Digital Video Library of The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics of New York University.

This project was supported through an Artist Seed Grant from the Frey Foundation