As a workshop, I use physical games and purposeless activities as a way to ground participants in the fluctuation of an uncertain environment. Games like tag and stack/climb/drag encourage performers to play in that grey area between intention and unplanned outcome. These activities aim to show that trusting in those grey areas can lead to a more centered, flexible and expanded arts practice.
As a performance, this work is a physical orchestra I conduct into a discordant layering of sounds and collaborations. Over the course of the work’s one hour length, I incrementally layer pre-planned actions that, over time, accumulate into an organized, but chaotic, environment. An environment that takes on a trajectory of it’s own once the performers start interpreting and exchanging their assigned actions.
Past & present participants: Sandra Baptista, Laura Bartczak, Matt Brennan, Josh Carrafa, Laura Carter, Ian Deleon, Maira Duarte, Quinn Dukes, Shawn Escarciga, Mike Findlay, Mario Augusto Galeano, Julie Garber, Lauren Hlubny, Dave Koenig, Benedict Kupstas, Lou Mandolini, Michelle McCauley, Butch Merigoni, Christopher Unpezverde Nunez, Jeff Shortt, Nola Sporn Smith, Craig Thompson.
Video footage: Brooklyn & Miami, 2017/2018