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August 14 @ 8:00 pm
Table & Chairs is thrilled to have the amazing performance-artist/researcher/designer, Jocelyn Beausire, curating our Summer Showcase at Vermillion!
Her piece “Improvisations on a Female Threat” will feature Beausire accompanied by improvising musicians including Noel Kennon, Abbey Blackwell, Casey Adams, Elias Hampton, Brendan McGovern, Levi Gillis, and Joey Largent. More words from Jocelyn about the performance are below.
21+ // 8pm // suggested donation $10-15 // cash & card accepted
“My performance art practice examines power relations within the context of performativity, acknowledging and manipulating perceptions of my body as a site of constructed youth, vulnerability, and femaleness. I have developed a series of micro-actions which undermine the audience’s relationship to me as performer and make them question their own positionality in the space, which I call ‘threats.’ They are repetitive, visceral, process-based actions linked to consumption / destruction (touching each finger on every tooth, buckling my belt hole by hole as tight as possible, rubbing my own spit in my eyes). In my curation, I will put these actions in conversation with a series of solo instrumental improvisations. Having trained as a classical vocalist, I really value this type of cross-medium collaboration with other musicians, and working under the umbrella Table & Chairs.
”The show will be set up with two stages, one at the front of the performance space (for the solo musician) and one across the room (for me), with the audience sitting between. I perform a single action for 5-10 minutes, looking across the space at the musician, who improvises on their interpretation of the action. In a way, this draws on Morris’ conduction methods, but positions the actions themselves as performance, lending them meaning in a non-musical context that can be felt by the audience. It also puts the actioner on equal footing with the musician, as the catalyst but by no means controller or conductor of musical ideas. At the beginning, the lineup of performers would be planned, but as the night (de)evolves audience members could offer their own interpretations. In this way, the cross-collaboration and communicative ideas of the performance eventually draw in the audience as performers and participants.”