While traveling in Seattle for the 4th of July weekend I was walking through the Pike Street Market.
I came across a young man handing out postcards and ‘talking’ people into going into the “Can Can” show that was housed in this ‘speakeasy’ type basement theater. My wife and I went in and discovered a joyous, funny, charming and delightful show. The 60 seat underground theater has charm and the show was themed with a Seattle ‘history lesson’. It was a blast!
“A brand new ensemble work for a solo performer, a sound artist/DJ and a video artist/VJ, titled#aspellforfainting is an improvisational piece, created anew for each performance by using disparate textual sources (The Seagull, Macbeth, Hamlet, Streetcar Named Desire, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, YouTube instructional videos, etc), a multitude of musical selections and sounds, and over 50 objects as an investigation in the chaos of creation. The performer is given a series of tasks to complete while the DJ/VJ team shifts through a constantly rotating series of textual sources, sound cues, light changes, and props placed in the performers path.”
A revelatory exploration of space and emotions by WaxFactory. Stunning and emotional journey into the heart of the moment.
Here are some images I captured that night.
A solo performer on the white fabric stage, a sound artist/dj and video artist working together
Spraying the air with a container of aerosol and proceeding to take on a large black wig in the middle of an emotional moment.
Gillian Chadsey was an emotional roller coaster as she moved from one character to another hardly speaking.
The audience was in close proximity of the performance of Gillian Chadsey .
The final scene from the #aspellforfainting performance ends with Gillian Chadsey collapsed on the floor after speaking in the microphone.