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Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (Brooklyn, USA)
Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (Tei Blow and Sean McElroy) work with video, sound, and performers to create installation-based performances. The ensemble uses VHS tapes and the internet to create multidisciplinary shows centered around the re-performance of media archives of human experience.
Disciplines: Performance, Video, Sound, Installation, Karaoke, Theater
Everything One in the Disc of the Sun
In Everything One in the Disc of the Sun, three gold-clad Osirian priests gather at an Egypt-themed karaoke bar to re-perform songs and video clips from the lexicon of self-help. Under the glow of an LED pyramid, Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble sings, chants, and recites forgotten hits from the VHS vaults of gurus, cult leaders, corporate speakers, and extraterrestrial mediums, accompanied by original songs and video collages. The audience sits beneath the LED pyramid with the ensemble, taking part in song, drinking ceremonies, ritual fist-pounds, hugs, and handshakes as the performers re-perform fragments of text from found media in a form of ritual sermon.
Keywords: Pyramid, Cult, Performance, Karaoke, Ritual, Party
Production History: The James A Farley Post Office, JACK, Arts@Rennaisance, Aunts, Prelude13, Kate Werble Gallery