Material Deviance in Contemporary American Culture / You are not your car

Opening March 29th-April 1st, 2018 at On the Boards

Material Deviance in Contemporary American Culture takes a sideways look at our object-based reality. Reflecting stuff-centered culture back to ourselves, this dream state passes through shame, nostalgia, patriotism, and the weight of inheritance. Choreographer and hybrid performance artist Alice Gosti asks, Do objects imbued with so much of our worth start to take over and take on a life of their own? This cluttered landscape expands like a hoarder’s collection and contracts like an immigrant’s suitcase. It breathes like capitalism, filling an existential void whose appetite is endless. Material Deviance helps us uncover what is buried under the steep piles along the path from our bed to the bedroom door. We hold it in our hands.

Material Deviance in Contemporary American Culture is funded by NEFA’s National Dance Project, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. It also has support from the Vermont Performance Lab (VT), which is funded by the NEA. Developmental residencies included Linda Austin’s Performance Works Northwest, Slate Theatre, BASE: Experimental Arts + Space. With additional production support from Velocity Dance Center and Seattle University. 

Material Deviance is partially funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project Presentation Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. It was developed at On the Boards through the Performance Production Program, made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 Photo by Tim Summers 

Photo by Tim Summers 

MDICAC world's premiere is at On the Boards March 28-April 1st, 2018. 

 Photo by Tim Summers

Photo by Tim Summers

Audition for Dancers

NOV 5+6 / 2-4PM
Velocity: V2 1525 11th Ave
$35 Full / $28 MVP / $20 Drop In
Performers of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition!

Within a creative energetic workshop/audition, we will warm-up. Investigate and explore movement materials and improvisation scores around the primary themes of Alice’s new body of work. Material Deviance In Contemporary American Culture (MDICAC) is an immersive installation, dance performance, and communal ritual. It grapples with the complexity of living in an object-based society where we define our identity through the objects we own. The performance interweaves the stories and physical histories of: immigrants and refugees who carry their homes on their shoulders; hoarders who compulsively accumulate anything and everything; and America’s growing homeless population. MDICAC combines dance, theatre, immersive installation and durational performance.

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 Photo by Tim Summers

Photo by Tim Summers

Audition for Actors

DEC 12th 11:30am-4pm / Call Backs DEC 19th TBD. Pike Pine Room, 2nd floor of 12th Arts entrance.                                                    Performers of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition! 

Please e-mail to reserve a spot for DEC 12th. Prepare TWO contrasting monologues. Prepare movement that can be performed with one of the two monologues.