Monday, December 9, 2013

Question #3: Your Parents

We're sourcing text for our performance. You can answer questions one-by-one, or all at once-- anytime before January 12. You can post your answers anonymously on this blog, email us at SmallArtMN[at]gmail[dot]com, or post a comment on our facebook page

Question #3:
Are you like your parents? If so, how?

Friday, December 6, 2013

A Performance In Your Living Room

This project is going to be performed as an evening-length show (around an hour) in living rooms and gallery spaces around the Twin Cities from February 10-March 9. We aim to do about 10 performances, and to have these shows spread among the various Twin Cities neighborhoods.

This year my partner and I have been producing nights of performance in our living room, which we call Small Art. We have 3 performers share an evening, do all of the reservations via email, serve some cheap wine, and split donations among the performers. It's actually been hugely fun (and really painless) to have a good handful of strangers at our house. So, with that I ask:

Do You Live In The Twin Cities And Want To Host A Performance This Winter?

We're still looking for several additional spaces, particularly in the Powderhorn, Longfellow, and Midway neighborhoods. Here's how it works:

--You need to have a living room (or kitchen or attic or basement) space of about 9 feet by fifteen feet. 

--You email my awesome assistant and co-producer Zoe Michael at SmallArtMN[at]gmail[dot]com
with your location, and maybe a janky iphone photo or two of the space, including anything you think we might want to know.

--We advertise the performance, and handle all RSVP's (we only give your exact address to folks who RSVP). You are free to invite all of your friends (provided they RSVP so we know how many are coming).

--I will probably come take a look at the space at some point.

--We arrive an hour and a half early to practice in the space and set up. We bring cheap wine and simple snacks, and perform. We invite the audience to give a sliding scale donation, which is split among the artists. You get loads of gratitude and thanks for your very kind space sharing, as well as a show performed by four kickass (truly) folks.


Maybe you are thinking, but Laura, what the heck is this performance even about? How do I know I'll like it? Is it child friendly?

These are all good questions. The show is only a month and a half into being made, so I can only answer some of them. Here are some thoughts:

--This is a performance for the winter, because the winter brings isolation, and sometimes makes connecting with other humans a bit harder. Connecting and understanding other humans is already pretty hard, cold season aside. So, loneliness and connection are big themes in the piece. Also: that hard thing of articulating your own experience, and sharing it with others-- making sense of your own story.

-- Regardless of theme: This piece has a lot of movement, some text, and is knit together out of a lot of solos and duets. It involves very few technical elements (a microphone, a speaker). It's mostly child-friendly, because there is no nudity or copious amounts of swearing or violence. It will not damage your home in any way. I think it might be funny at times. I also think it could inspire happiness. It doesn't require a lot of space because, well, these are small dances.

Questions? Email me-- SmallArtMN[at]gmail[dot]com.