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Fuck Woman School #3: The Name of the Piece is Talking Heads

By | Happened

The third installation of Fuck Woman School was an experiment in creating multiple simultaneous viewpoints onstage. I was also trying to challenge my own habitual tendencies in the way I make work, by having a ‘performance’ with no performer. The audience had to be physically engaged and mobile to explore the piece.

The piece was a multi-channel site-specific video installation for which I wrote three texts in verse on theatre’s function and contemporary theatre’s relationship to classical or pre-‘classical’ plays, each written from a totally different perspectives.

Two computers and one projector showed footage of me speaking these texts directly to the camera; each screen had its own text and sound through speakers. Each of these texts could only be heard clearly if one approached the screen and speaker, so only one text could be heard at a time.

Every so often, a word or phrase (‘Moliere himself clearly stated’, ‘Cirque du Soleil’, ‘community’, ‘pleasure’, etc.) would be spoken simultaneously and in unison across the three texts.

The piece ended with a coda in unison and the text echoed on the screens.

Fuck Woman School #4: Ghost in the Machine

By | Happened

The fourth and final installation of Fuck Woman School focuses on the presence of the artist as adapter.

The movement sequence in the projections was co-choreographed by Eric Powell Holm (who adapted Woman School) and myself, set to the music that I listened to backstage before every performance of Woman School (Wings’ “Silly Love Songs”). Eric is visible in some of the shots, as the layers of the video document the collaborative nature of the short evolution of the movement sequence.

The movement I performed live was my trajectory through Woman School, strung together into a single path.

The sound is by Joshua Dumas; the text is adapted from a transcribed interview between Eric and myself regarding the role of the artist as adapter and a contemporary relationship to classical drama.

Fuck Woman School #4: Ghost in the Machine performed at Strawdog Theater on November 9th, 2011.
Special thanks to Eric Powell Holm, Joshua Dumas, Katy Collins, Anne Bogart, and Michel Gondry.

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