Dance Marathon is a four hour event that is part theatrical performance, part live telecast, part athletic competition, and part rave. Approximately 200 participants are conscripted into intimate collaboration with a series of equally disoriented strangers, coerced and choreographed, monitored and live-streamed, interrogated and systematically eliminated. However, its participants are also invited to dance – and, through dance, into a playful, communal celebration of mediated cultural exchange and relational aesthetics.
Performance Text, Direction, and Performance by by Stephen O’Connell, Daniel Pettrow, Sabrina Reeves, Lucy Simic, and Richard Windeyer.
Dramaturgy and Devising Collaboration: Bruce Barton
Performed Toronto, Vancouver, Cork (Ireland), New York, Melbourne, London (England), Edinburgh (Scotland)
Sample Review: The Telegraph (UK)
Sample of My Publication on Dance Marathon: “‘Stop Looking at Your Feet’: bluemouth’s Dance Marathon and Inter/Actual Dramaturgy.” Performance Research 14.3 (2009): 13-27.
Photos by Gordon Hawkins ©2009