Two years ago, 'All Of It' was an audience participatory performance that focused on the incremental layering of spoken text. As conductor, I would assign audience members written material to be read aloud and repeated until instructed to stop. Adding a new reader every thirty seconds, the performance turned linear communication into a repetitive jumble of words.
After many experiments with the theme of verbal and physical connectivity, the work now involves ten performers who inhabit and exchange twelve pre-established tasks. Using these activities, performers create a paradoxical environment of simultaneous action. While participants attempt to establish verbal and physical continuity, others, intentionally and unintentionally, break down those connections. Regardless, performers still find semblances of togetherness, no matter how short lived.
Performers: Matthew Brennan, Sandra Baptista, Dave Davre, Maira Duarte, Ian Deleon, Quinn Dukes, Juliana Garber, Benedict Kupstas, Michele McCauley, Butch Merigoni, Nola Sporn Smith.
Photos by Quinn Dukes, Effy Grey, Martin Harris
All Of It, May 2017
In this iteration, nine performers were given nine pre-established tasks from which to maintain or exchange at any point during the 30 minute performance.
I had my own plans for the outcome of this work, but the outcome was usually very different. So, the performance turned into a natural sequences of events instead of a planned series of happenings.
All Of It, 2016
This version of the project was rehearsed with 12 performers who created a-tonal sound by jumping rope, opening trash bags, twirling pots, squeezing blown-up balloons, dropping bundles of pencils, ripping paper, clanging wood blocks, repeating spoken text, clapping and dropping books to the floor.
Like in the original version of this piece, I conducted the performers by incrementally assigning different objects to "play". Over the course of the 30 minute performance I built the sound to a chaotic height, then dismantled it to a single sound.
All Of It, 2015
Originally, 'All Of It’ was a 40 minute performance that focused on the incremental layering of spoken text. Unannounced, I would ask audience members to read from sections of different books that varied in length from a single word to an entire page.
Assigning a new reader every 30 seconds, repeating their parts until instructed to stop, the audience incrementally created a density of words and phrases. This performance turned communication into a repetitive jumble of words.