Vox Populi, 319 N 11th St #3, Philadelphia Saturday July 15th, 6pm-2am Suggested Donation $5-10
"We are always enacting our intra-subjective relations inter-subjectively in ways that seduce or compel others to play roles in those enactments, whether in therapeutic, personal or professional relationships, or as performer and audience. I’m never really performing other people. I’m performing relationships to other people, parts of people, or fantasies of people, including people I’ve internalized and people I project as audience.” - Andrea Fraser, in conversation with Hiuawai Chu
Two friends, colleagues, therapists, artists - Netta and Aaron - will use a co-created method drawing from Circling, Psychodrama, and Internal Family Systems Therapy to concretize the fragmented and fragile nature of their friendship and collaboration. The process will excavate their relationship as it unfolds in the here-and-now in an eight-hour durational performance.
By attending to what’s present moment to moment between each of their parts-of-self, Netta and Aaron invite viewers to encounter their relationship as a microcosm of cultural dynamics that unfold during the performance: dynamics of power, privilege, race, gender, sexuality, and ability, among others. In this way, the performance will offer an embodiment of Netta and Aaron’s emergent, transitory selves within a network of relations that extend outward into the socio-cultural-political spheres they inhabit.
The score will also invite performers’ and audience members’ reckonings with grief and remorse regarding the challenges of loving: one another, others, the planet, their own and each other’s lack and neediness. This close-up on the tenderest relations of the performers’ loves, hates, friendships, and cultures allows viewers to review their own endless dependencies on one another and on the planet, as they position themselves in relation or repulsion to the performers.
There will be opportunity for reflection by viewers through writing and drawing in tandem with the performance.
Netta and Aaron have been developing containers for this kind of exposure of the here-and-now for five years together through collaborations with The School of Making Thinking, The Relational Experimentation Guild, and The Deep Play Institute.
RSVP below for the performance. Suggested donation is $5-10 by venmo/paypal prior, or at the door