This project is a collaborative, audience participatory performance based in task and sound. Through out the duration of the work, performers and audience members inhabit and exchange twelve pre-established activities, creating physical and verbal collaborations that are continually established and dismantled.
Divided into four categories, these short-lived collaborations are accumulative, enabling, repetitive and dismantling. Within this framework participants create a stream of fleeting vulnerabilities and futile foundations, causing the work to fall in and out of chaotic trajectory.
This back and forth lowers the wall between audience and performer, enabling a shared experience of clarity and uncertainty. An ever-changing negotiation that allows time for not-knowing to turn into something else.
Brooklyn-based performers: Matthew Brennan, Sandra Baptista, Dave Davre, Maira Duarte, Quinn Dukes, Juliana Garber, Benedict Kupstas, Butch Merigoni, Nola Sporn Smith.
Photos by Quinn Dukes, Juliana Garber, Effy Grey, Martin Harris
Here's an edited video of last summer's iteration. These experiments led to what the work now investigates.
Here's an edited video from when 'Collaboration' was a methodically layered and deconstructed performance.
Originally called 'All Of It', this project started as an audience participatory experiment that involved the incremental layering of spoken text. Every thirty seconds I would ask an audience member to read and repeat a word, sentence, phrase or paragraph until instructed to stop. Over the course of ten minutes I would accumulate twenty readers. After keeping them in an onslaught of read material for two minutes, I would stop the readers, one by one, letting the last reader end the performance with the finishing of their passage.