Cally Spooner’s EMPAC production residency, culminated in a performance with multiple actors, dancers, and stage sets that attempts to integrate the process of filming into the pro- duction itself, the event was live-streamed and took on the format of a TV variety show.
Using assemblages of theory, philosophy, pop music, current affairs and corporate rhetoric to write—and casts of arguing characters to help her perform—Spooner produces plotless novellas, disjunctive scripts, looping monologues, and musical arrangements to stage the movement and behavior of speech. Appropriating different performance genres, such as the Broadway musi- cal, the television commercial, and the radio play, Spooner considers how dematerialized, inde- terminate, unmediated performance can sit within the extreme visibility of entertainment and today’s attention economies.
February 13, 2015
Commissioned by the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and made possible with support from the Arts Council England and a production residency at Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center / EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute