Dance Marathon (2009 – )
Performance Text and Direction by the Company
Dramaturgy, Text, and Devising Collaboration: Bruce Barton
Performed Toronto, Vancouver, Cork (Ireland), New York, Melbourne, London (England), Edinburgh (Scotland)
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.
Photos by Gordon Hawkins ©2009.
Video: https://vimeo.com/24214219 (multiple clips)
Sample Review: http://www.nytheatre.com/Show/Review/danc11852
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.