Erika Batdorf's latest show BURNISH will premiere in the 56th Venice Biennale with 9dragonheads May 6-8
then at The Theatre Centre in Toronto May 15-21
You see a tent, hear a sound like whispered fire and singing. You can see, hear inside the tent through eye pieces, ear pieces. One at a time, you can enter. You are greeted by... a rabbit? a fortune teller? You chose some unusual cards. She goes to a table full of small objects, talking to herself, chosing something for you, trying to get it right. She looks at you, she moves as if she is trying to tell you something, shape you and then she hands you your gift. You leave, and you hear singing again, different now... someone else goes in.
Inspired by a desire to cleanse the heart, this performance installation invites the audience to choose elements that affect an ever changing performance loop integrating music, digital technology, poetic text, art objects, movement and singing. In a self-contained mini theatre, the artist, attached to bio-sensors, attempts to maintain a deeply authentic process that is altered by every interaction. What she says, sings, gives you, and how she moves is all in response to what you chose- some things set, some things intuitive. The audience can observe/hear the performer through a variety of instruments while one person at a time influences the performers choices.
A live abstract jukebox.
Stay 5 minutes, stay 30... If you 'play', one full loop is approximately 15-18 minutes long.