Author: Margo Gray

In Performance: Germinal (Walker Art Center)

Germinal Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN, USA) Like any great creation myth, Germinal begins with darkness. The four performers discover how to create light, then communication, then sound, then all the other elements that make up a proper universe, including both the joy of being together and existential dread. Watching the performers craft a world from scrat...

In Performance: Rabih Mroué/Riding on a Cloud

Rabih Mrouré/Riding on a Cloud Photo by Joe Namy Using recorded voice and video mixed with live performance, Riding on a Cloud paints a documentary picture of Yassar Mrouré’s life after the Lebanese civil war. With a stack of tapes and videos before him, performer Yassar Mrouré tells us, “This is my real story, yet these are not my thoughts. These thoughts are mine, yet this is not my real story.”...

In Performance: Score for a Lecture (COIL)

The Bureau for the Future of Choreography/Score for a Lecture Image by Evelyne Donnelly To attend the world premiere work Score for a Lecture is to become part of a collective experiment in performance, communication and failure. One part telephone, one part hide and seek, this collaborative piece invites its audience to become a member of The Bureau for the Future of Choreography, “an apparatus, ...

In Performance: Morphia Series (COIL)

Helen Herbertson and Ben Cobham/ Morphia Series Photo by Rachelle Roberts Visitors to Morphia Series are led into the dark space two at a time and instructed to take a morsel of food and a tiny glass of wine before being seated. After this delicious communion, the dark and silent space takes on an exceptionally dream-like quality. When a soothing voice speaks to suggest the scene, it seems as if t...

In Performance: Intimacy (COIL)

Ranters Theatre/Intimacy Photo by Paulo Pacheco The presentation of Intimacy strips away all pretense, leaving two stools, a text display, and a screen. Without any fancy theatrical apparatus, performers Adriano Cortese, Beth Buchanan, and Patrick Moffatt are left to hold our attention with only their unflinching honesty. As a conversation unfolds, the matter-of-fact acceptance of judgment-worthy ...

In Performance: The TEAM/Roosevelvis

The TEAM Roosevelvis  Walker Art Center photo by Sue Kessler When developing Roosevelvis, the TEAM  came upon the fact that Elvis had posted on his office wall Teddy Roosevelt’s Man in the Arena, a quote which places the credit for all good things not on those who criticize and nitpick, but on the man “who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effo...

In Performance: The Sprint Festival @ Camden People’s Theatre (London) Round-up, Part III: Interactivity

This final round-up for work from the Camden People’s Theatre Sprint Festival features interactive and participatory work. The festival featured a rich selection of audience involvement this year, with everything from video game testing to walking tours. Place and Means’ Good Riddance This delightfully madcap walking tour is presented by Place and Means. Both the Tour Guide and his assistant Ari (...

In Performance: The Sprint Festival @ Camden Peoples Theatre (London) Part II: One-on-One

The Sprint Festival’s popular One-on-One night presented seven works that focus on the intimate connection between performer and audience member. Though several of these were not one-on-one experiences in the traditional sense, they all demanded their audience or participants rethink the terms of their presence. (Note: Six shows are discussed below; a seventh show, Suitcase Civillians’ Re:Memory, ...

In Performance: The Sprint Festival @ Camden Peoples Theatre (LONDON) Round-up, Part 1

The Sprint Festival at Camden People’s Theatre, an annual showcase of innovative work from around the UK, wrapped up on Sunday. Keep an eye out this week for round-ups of work from throughout the festival. Rhiannon Faith’s Scary Shit Rhiannon Faith, a disarming, highly personable performer, creates “autobiographical shows exposing the impulsive, messed-up and multi-faceted aspects of humans.” Her ...

In Performance: Jamal Harewood’s The Privileged at The Sprint Festival (London)

Solo artist Jamal Harewood specializes in creating “temporary communities through participatory events.” In The Privileged, performed as part of the Sprint Festival at Camden People’s Theatre, the assembled participants are asked to prepare for an encounter session with a polar bear by removing their bags, shoes, and coats. In the absence of a polar bear handler, numbered envelopes contain instruc...

In Performance: Coney’s Adventure 1 at the Sprint Festival (London)

Thought-provoking and just provoking in general, Coney has crafted a participatory adventure with real world implications. Adventure 1 begins the week before the date on your ticket, when an associate named Josh Smith contacts you to help you wrap your mind around what you are about to do. Though disclosing too much information here would spoil the fun, I can tell you that the adventure involves f...

In Performance: Almeida Theatre’s Game (London)

Game follows the story of a family who’s made a devil’s bargain in exchange for a beautiful new home. Designer Miriam Buether has transformed the Almedia: four audience seating roosts kitted out in camouflage like overgrown duck blinds surround a central performance space, which is alternately revealed and hidden by electronic blinds. The family’s tormentors, a warden who manages the visitors and ...