The players were piles of heavy rope, nondescript masks, flexible piping, springy coils of metal, odds and ends of clothing, lengths of silk. The artist, visible off to one side, brought the clutter to life with the manipulation of strings.
Using inanimate materials and her own voice, the artist unfolded Oscar Wilde's tragic drama of oppulent corruption. Jokanaan prophesied doom. Salomé danced. Herod pleaded. Herodias gloated. Naaman handed Jokanaan's severed head to Salomé. Finally, at Herod's command to "kill that woman," soilders crushed the Princess of Judae with their shields.