So over the weekend I was very busy testing different iterations of my newest project, The Living Room Series. I performed at the AUNTS monthly performance series/party, and began doing performances in people’s living rooms.
The response and feedback I got from the AUNTS party was overwhelming. I was performing in front of over 100 people, and they were literally right in front of me. I had never before performed in a setting where the distance between the audience and performer was non existant. The energy was amazing, and really drove me in my performance. Afterwards, tons of people came up to me and thanked me for sharing my performance with them. Again, nothing I had ever experienced. People were so grateful that I could give them a piece of me that they really related to. One girl told me it made her cry. Another man told me is spoke so perfectly to our generation. I was even approached by a producer at Dixon Place , who wants to include this in one of his festivals. I was really overwhelmed by the response.
Performance @ AUNTS – 03.05.11:
I decided that although this performance was extremely successful, I still wanted to try it in a more intimate setting. In an effort to replicate the home video I went over to my friend Molly’s house and informed her that together, we would make a home video. I wrote out a script (that follows what my Aunt said in the original home video), asking her to use today’s date while filming. We then talked about the different scenes we would film: the intro, a commercial, and the song/dance performance. My goal was to try to replicate my home video as closely as possible.
Original Home Video:
Home Video at Molly’s – 03.06.11:
Molly is very familiar with with this piece, and she has seen it several times in both formal performance settings and more informally during rehearsals. She loved the intimacy of having it performed in her home, just for her. She also felt like she had a very active role in the performance, not only from her “lines”, but from the active choices she made while filming. In the performance I say “Go to my feet!”, and she zoomed the camera onto my feet.
She also had an interesting observation while filming. She was watching the performance through the LCD screen on the back of the camera, and at one point thought that it was the original version. She couldn’t believe how in sync I was with the tape! She then realized that it was in fact me. Even without the original VHS playing in the background, she was forced to choose between me on a screen and me in performance.
Talk with Molly after performance:
I think it is very important that I perform this for someone who is unfamiliar with this dance. I have several more “performances” lined up, and will talk to them about their experiences with both the performance and participation.
This part that I am “testing” is also an excerpt. The original home video is about 20 minutes long, consisting of several commercials and other dance numbers. I am in the process of learning the whole thing, so the performances will be more in depth once I am familiar with the entire tape.