Over the past two years, 'All Of It' has been through several iterations. Currently, the work is a collaborative performance based in sound and action. Performers inhabit and exchange actions that happen simultaneously throughout the space for one hour. Reflecting the layered activity of a busy city, these actions create an ever-changing atmosphere of fleeting moments.
While performers recite out-of-context phrases, others create sounds with various household objects. As one runner laps the edge of the activity, others clap for no one in particular. Among other sounds and actions, these activities are a reminder of “the neglected value of the everyday.” *
Many of our everyday activities are gems of momentary action, tacitly revealing our true and distorted selves. While this performance does not re-create an authentic everyday, it does provide a framework through which revealing events can occur. This work creates a platform for such events to be more readily noticed instead of more commonly overlooked.
*Quote by Alain de Botton, "Art as Therapy"
All Of It, May 2017
This iteration of the performance became an investigation of intention and unforeseen outcome. Nine performers were given a set of nine pre-established tasks from which they were free to maintain or exchange at any point during the 30 minute performance.
While structure was attempted by the tasks given, the playing out of work itself became an ever-changing bridge connecting "my plans" with "the way it worked out". This shaky structure, while always getting us to the end, never guaranteed a safe arrival.
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 25 minute performance that focused on the incremental layering of spoken text. During a performance 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, this impromptu choir created a density of words and phrases that I would build into a cacophonous mass, then dismantle down to a single reader, bringing the piece to an end with the finishing of their assigned passage.