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I'm Bleeding All Over the Place: A Living History Tour

by Brooke O'Harra

NY

Hello Friends, Family and Strangers!

Come on a tour with me.

AND please support my newest project I’m Bleeding All Over the Place: A Living History Tour.

sneak peak in rehearsal - https://vimeo.com/168964902

As a director, I think about the audience a lot. Wondering what they're thinking, wishing they would do different things, come somewhere else with me, the tour is part of a continued attempt to collaborate with the audience in a direct way to understand the nature of the relationship at the heart of performance and make something new together. Take the tour.

I’m Bleeding All Over the Place: A Living History Tour is presented by La Mama E.T.C. and premiers this June – very soon! …A Living History Tour is the latest component of an ongoing project called: I’m Bleeding All Over the Place: Studies in Directing or Nine Encounters Between Me and You. Delving into the emotional landscape of everyday conflict, this work examines how gender and sexuality, narrative and story, conflict and resolution, relate and come to form in the dynamic space between the audience and the performer.

I’m Bleeding All Over the Place is envisioned as a research project and a series of performances created to actively investigate the site and the moment of a performance event as a living political space in which a group of people come into a specific relation to each other for a brief period of time.

The vision of each given performance and its realization is so clearly a product of the personal collisions engendered by and through collaboration: the collaboration (and collision) between a director, a text, a performer or a set of performers but also the collaboration (and collision) between those people and the histories that proceed them, the culture that engulfs them and the specific context in which they address an audience or public. These collaborations come to form through processes that are, at once, pleasurable and painful, through confrontations of artistry, will, desire, instincts, research and power that are, necessarily informed by the ideological and political conditions in which these processes occur.

I’m Bleeding All Over the Place: A Living History Tour includes written text by Brooke O’Harra and Casey Llewellyn, with Erin Courtney, Kristin Kosmas and Heidi Schreck. Original music by Brendan Connelly.

Performers include Becca Blackwell, Jane Bradley, Hye Young Chyun, Sharon Hayes, Laryssa Husiak, Anna Kohler, Zave´ Martohardjono, Greg Mehrten, Alexander Paris, and Tanya Selvaratnam.

The design team Andreea Mincic, Alice Tavener, Sarah Johnston and Justin Townsend.

The tour will travel through a series of sculptural spaces and guided by the ten performers. Tours will run at scheduled intervals between June 16-26 at La Mama E.T.C., Ellen Stewart Theater, 66A West 4th Street.

SO! Pay your money, and take a trip through the bowels of the intimacy of spectating.

AND please make a little gift to help ensure the tour happens! As you know every little show of financial support counts – especially when everyone kicks in, even a $5 gift gives us all a lift. 

Thank you for your years of ongoing support! See you next month!

Very sincerely yours,

Brooke O’Harra

More about I’m Bleeding All Over the Place: Studies in Directing or Nine Encounters Between You and Me.

I am proposing to engage this foundational research question through this project, I’m Bleeding All Over the Place: Studies in Directing or Nine Encounters Between Me and You, that assumes the form of a series of artistic studies as public encounters. These performance events literally unfold in front of and in dialogue with an audience in order to propose performance as an active site of praxis, both aesthetically and politically speaking. Through these events, I attempt to open a time and space through which to address the politics of performance form and the regulation of embodiment that lies at the foundation of theatrically-based performance practice but also, I would contend, at the base of performance more generally and the related sphere of politics.

The preliminary components of I’m Bleeding All Over the Place, included three events subtitled: Are We in Conflict?Show Me, and It’s Personal. Each utilized a series of short scenes or dialogues written by me and three female writers (Kristen Kosmas, Erin Courtney and Heidi Schreck) that articulate everyday domestic tension between two lovers. They are recordings of quiet, unmarked encounters that are rife with desire and rage. In the first event, six actors (queer, trans and female actors aged 30-65) embodied these texts, encountering them for the first time with me on stage in front of an audience. In the second event, I revisit the texts by staging them as a dialogue between just two people: me and my partner Sharon Hayes, who engages performance in her own work. Again we work in real-time in front of an audience. The context of our real-life relationship is not directly addressed but, nonetheless, dramatically alters the way in which an audience forms meaning. In the third component, auteur-director John Jesurun and I separately direct the original group of actors in a rehearsed performance of the domestic texts. 

 

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