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Circular Persuasions; The Performance Arcade

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Serene Lorimer
20 Feb 2012
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Work classification
Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Literature & Publishing


Circular Persuasions is an experimental installation work which will be presented as a part of The Performance Arcade in the Wellington Fringe Festival in March 2012

I am looking for writers and dancers or generally people who are interested ineither discipline to volunteer their time to come and be a part of this performance/experiment. Please see the descirption of the work below.

There will be no payment available but a koha of some form to show my appreciation for your time.

The Arcade runs from March 1-4. I am splitting the performance times into a roster, each shift is to be 2hrs. If you are interested you could elect to come and be a part of the project for just one shift or a few.
At this stage I am looking to see who would be interested, then once I have names and contacts I can get onto the more nitty gritty of timetabling.
I will also be having a short workshop to test the practicality and improvisational parameters (mostly for the dancers, but also to test the installation) of the project on Feb 28th in the city. I would be very happy for anyone interested to come along and be a part of this also.
If you could let me know if you are interested in being a part of this project or know of anyone else who would be keen then let me know and we can go from there.

Circular Persuasions; Two degrees of separation. A game of action and reaction.

According to our latest telecommunications company, New Zealanders are relative to each other by two degrees of separation. This theory creates many relationships; some which we are unaware of, meaning the result of our actions may affect someone who is oblivious to where the original action came from. Circular Persuasions uses contemporary dance to play with the conscious and unconscious relationships between audience and viewer, which can be used to influence the outcome of the performance.

Circular persuasions consists of 2 performers, a ‘dancer’ and a ‘writer’. The container will be set up facing side on, long side open, with a Perspex wall separating the performers from the passersby.  The container will be split in half with a wall, one section devoted to the ‘dancer’ and one section for the ‘writer’. The writer will have a desk and laptop, in order to type a constant running commentary on what they can see on Wellington waterfront. There will be a live feed of the writer’s commentary projected so that it is visible on the dancer’s side.  The audience may recognise they are a key component to the writer’s commentary, this allows them to consciously influence the performance to whatever degree. Those who do not notice are still unconsciously influencing the performance simply by being present. The ‘dancer’ can see and acknowledge the public and its surroundings, but their task is to react off what is appearing on the live feed. They can interpret the commentary literally or abstractly, just move in a way that is stimulated by these words. It can be the audience’s game to see how they can manipulate the dancer.

The tasks will be undertaken in shifts throughout the 13 hour day. Each side will swap shifts at different times, so that the flow is not disrupted. The writer and the dancer will never swap tasks with each other; they will always be replaced by someone new to the container.

  Circular Persuasions addresses a key issue we have found in contemporary dance. Often when watching, people feel unsettled if they can’t see where the movement has originated from.  This work displays a basic method of how the movement is being created, while involving the viewer and allowing them to take a level of control in the outcome. This allows the audience to feel at ease watching an art form they typically shy away from, and become involved and excited about the visual outcome despite it still being abstract.

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Performance Art 




Written by

Serene Lorimer

8 Feb 2012