On Friday, February 20th @ 8PM, I performed at Mobius. I have been a huge supporter of this nonprofit alternative gallery space and felt humbled to be selected for the Tinderbox series especially with what I felt was a pretty vague proposal.
This piece was not meant to be so emotional but supposed to be more about the artist but it turned into quite a sight where I asked my audience to share a huge part of themselves. My set up was quite bare and it was supposed to be about static electricity. I wanted to show that through interaction and conversation we reveal our own negative and positive relations. I think because it was extremely cold out, I didn't have much of a turn out regarding my friends, but I had such a beautiful community of performance artists who I admire present and fully engaged in my work and that meant the world to me.
My set up was finished in less than 15 min. I spent most of my time making small talk and mentally preparing for the moment. I must also admit was extremely nervous to go first but it was less of a shaky nervousness and more of a "I might look unprepared." I changed what I initially had in mind and improvised in order to get people to participate. I decided an hour before to have someone from the audience be my documenter which happened to be Bilwa, one of the artists performing.
My biggest take away is that I control the room when I perform and so when I set the pace it's extremely important to keep in mind my energy. I believe my nervous energy turned into me revealing an extremely sad moment of loss and so that became the theme. The piece went toward a self-help therapy session, which I'm still trying to work through.
I've received feedback that it could have been longer and I agree. I only prepped 3 balloons because I was prepared for the awkward silence of waiting for someone to begin to perform with me. I am not sure how only I actually ran for but it must have been quite short. I intended for 20 minutes but it was probably 10 minutes. It definitely needed to build and fluctuate from a variety of emotions and perspectives.
Overall, I believe it was a successful piece and I plan on performing it again for SIM. That will be interesting to experience.
Thank you Mari and Joanne for putting together this section of the Tinderbox series. I was sad to miss the Saturday edition.
written on February 22, 2015 9:55PM