Economies of Effort 3
Economies of Effort: 3 was a free, site specific and immersive event that took place in March and April of 2015 in Santa Cruz and San Francisco. Attendance was limited to 50 people per show, and audience members could come and go as they pleased – choosing their own path, creating their own narrative. Inside the gallery, and outside in the sculpture garden, the performers created intimate micro worlds, full of tension, emotion, tenderness, absurdity and curiosity. There were always 2-3 performances happening simultaneously, so no one could ever see everything.
The doors to the outside world were always open, and we invited folks to use their phones/cameras if they wanted to, and to share their media to our Point-of-View Facebook page – so we could see the show from their perspective. We gave them free wine to drink as they wandered, and during the show the performers cooked soup, when they weren’t dancing, which they ate with the audience between shows.
"In one spot, dancers haul each other up to kiss the bright light at the top of a sagging street lamp. In another, a sextet of women repeatedly slams into a gallery wall, exploring it, scaling it, attacking it in impressive unison. Elsewhere, a quartet nuzzles and nudges a woman on top of a card table. At first the action seems playful. But when the group starts sloshing a basin of water over the woman's head, thoughts of waterboarding come to mind.
The most searing sequence is a stylized wrestling match involving three men and a woman, who grapple barefoot inside the tight confines of an area inside the gallery painted checkerboard black and white. The dancers move to the haunting sounds of electric violin and cello emanating from a nearby laptop."
Carla Escoda, KQED