Eleven performance cells clustered around a central bar. Each participating company created a short, intimate theatre piece, performing it for no more than twenty people at a time, at repeated intervals throughout the evening.
HIVE I: I am
Sam Stan (2007)
Sam Stan was a performance puzzle which continued non-stop for just over 3 hours. Audience members were allowed to stay or leave whenever they wanted. This durational piece told the story of an extremely dysfunctional couple trying to run a sun-tan oil business post-apocalypse. Inspirations included Beckett’s Endgame and the strong desire for a tropical vacation.
Created and performed by James Long and Maiko Yamamoto.
HIVE II: WeeTube (2008)
Part performance, part parlour game, WeeTube uses the publicly posted comments found under popular YouTube videos as performance text in an effort to highlight both the brilliant and the mundane found in the world’s most populated critical discourse.
Created and performed by James Long & Maiko Yamamoto.
HIVE III: Speak Please A Moment (2010)
1. Leave cell phone on
2. Give your number to an operator
3. Wait for call
4. Speak Please A Moment
Speak Please a Moment is an interactive performance where audience members are guided through a series of intimate phone conversations, with topics ranging from kissing, infidelity, and our complex relationships to our mothers and pets, and the ultimate search for true happiness. In this circumstance, we are asked to reveal our deepest secrets in front of a room of strangers. The anonymity gives us the courage to speak what we probably wouldn’t tell our closest friends, lovers, or family members.
Created by Cindy Mochizuki, Marco Soriano, Cat Main, Ruthie S Tabata and Maiko Yamamoto for the Cultural Olympiad.
Progress Lab is an ad hoc arts service organization that has a very active imagination and an energetic core of movers and shakers. Our goal is to establish Vancouver as an international centre for theatrical innovation. It is made up of non-profit professional organizations with a median age of about 15 years, and a history of producing works of extreme theatrical daring.
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