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.
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.
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.
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.
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. *