'All Of It', a work in-progress, is an interdisciplinary performance in which participants inhabit and exchange twenty-three pre-established tasks and actions. Through these activities performers create verbal and physical collaborations that are continually established and dismantled.
Divided into four categories, these short-lived collaborations are accumulative, enabling, repetitive and dismantling. Accumulation creates camaraderie, enabling permits agency, repetition provides reliability and dismantling dissolves everything.
Within this framework performers create a continuous stream of futile foundations, resulting in the work falling in and out of itself, becoming coherent and unclear, formal and informal, performance and non performance.
This ever-changing negotiation puts performer and spectator in a shared space of knowing and not knowing. A space that lowers the wall between performer and on-looker, allowing time for not-knowing to turn into something else.
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
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.