Thursday, May 2, 2019

DAD ART: LOVE/GRIEF/DEATH:DESCRIPTION

DAD  ART:  LOVE/ DEATH/  GRIEF;  DESCRIPTION

DAD  ART  is a two and half hour video-performance collaborative  experience and interaction with collaborators and audiences. The intention is to allow all present to study life/death/grief with support . Communal  grief. 

WHAT HAPPENS: 
A video Montano and her father collaborated on for 7 years. Four of them before his stroke. After his stroke, I continued filming so that I could "hide" behind the camera... I could not always "face" his failing health as  we cared for him at  home for 3 years. The camera became a mask. 
Actions of collaborators which provide an  nteractive-atmosphere which makes it easier for all of us to deal with death.

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WHAT HAPPENS IN THE PERFORMANCE: DURING THE CONTINOUS 2 HOUR VIDEO PROJECTION OF DAD VIDEO:

WATER HEALER: Creates a "healing' and invites audience members to the "stage " to interact.

SECRETARY TO DEATH: Audience members come to the stage and dictates a letter to death or a letter  to a person who has died. The secretary writes it down, tears it up and it is used in the final procession as  confetti.

LISTENERS:  Two collaborators sit and "listen" to audience members talk about  death.

CHOIR LEADER: A collaborator leads the audience in songs to  the 7 glands.

MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Clues Montano when she is to sing  one of the 7 songs from  the 40's that her parents taught her as a child. Keeps things moving.

DANCER: This collaborator wears an earphone and shares one of the buds with an audience member who dances with them.

ANGEL:  Blesses/comforts.

SINGER: Montano sings 7 songs.

*RESTER:  This collaborator  lays down throughout the performance and audience members  can join them.

*PROCESSION LEADER: Leads  ending procession around the space.

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COSTUME:  All black.  Fabulous  hair  and heavy make up.

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TECH:
2 MICS.  One with reverb.
VIDEO PROJECTION CAPACITY.
AUDIO CAPACITY TO PLAY AN MP3 OR CD OF KARAOKE SONGS TO ACCOMPANY MONTANO EVERY 14 MINUTES.
AUDIO-TECH TECHNICIANS DURING PERFORMANCE.
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COLLABORATORS:
Volunteers from the community willing to "rehearse" online so we can decide about costume/hair/make up  and their performative actions. And they need to be willing to meet  the day of the performance for  final rehearsal about   3 hours  before the performance. 
 No prior performance experience is required. 
This can also be performed with 7 and not  9 collaborators. A few of the  "actions" are optional. *

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VIDEO FROM VORTEX , AUSTIN TEXAS;  INTERACTIONARAMA.


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