An integrated art performance installation
Directed and produced by Jane Gotch and Mark Southerland
Premiered March 24th–April 3rd, 2011 at Town Pavilion, Kansas City, MO
Performed in collaboration with Brie Blakeman, Brad Cox, Kalen Compernolle, Jason Dixon, Shay Estes, Tuesday Faust, Abbe Findley, Laura Frank, Helen Gillet, Shawn Hansen, Hadley Johnson, Ke-Sook Lee, Chad Meise, Miles Neidinger, Paul Rudy, Matt Tady, and MIca Thomas.
Watch WE! Film by Jane Gotch and Reid Bangert
WE! is a collaborative, installation dance performance staged in an abandoned downtown office space formerly occupied by AT&T. WE! takes the “idea of audience” out of their seats and into the lights — stripping away the safety net of the proscenium theater and sandwiching dancer, art, and viewer into close proximity.
The performance will move the audience, in small groups, through a multi-room visual environment created by an award-winning team of Kansas City’s leading dance, visual, lighting and sound designers. Audience size will be limited, to create an intimate scale. The performers’ breath, sweat, body heat, direct eye contact and even touch will be palpable. From breeching walls and new office trails, to tiny tableaus and remote viewings, this collaborative team reorganizes the materials and inhabitants of the office space. WE! will disrupt and remap the relationship between audience and performer.
Creation of this project has been made possible through a Rocket Grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation in cooperation with The Charlotte Street Foundation and The Spencer Museum of Art; by an Inspiration Grant from The Metropolitan Arts Council of Greater Kansas City; and through a space grant from Copaken & Brooks Real Estate.