directed by Tess Howsam & Porcia Lewis
developed as a part of Guild Hall's Artist in Residency
written by Leah Barker, Emily Krause, and Elinor T. Vanderburg
graphic design by Ran Xia
Two people, a fish, a New York City apartment on top of a trailer bed, and you. Exquisite Corpse Company is back with an interactive, immersive, and portable living diorama of 2020. Written by our writers in residence: Leah Barker, Emily Krause, and Elinor T. Vanderburg, and directed by artistic director Tess Howsam, Zoetrope will be on the streets, literally, of Brooklyn and beyond with socially distanced seating for a limited and lucky audience, summer 2021.
The mission of this project is to use our shared experiences as a nation and as individuals, to create an interactive performance that offers reflective healing and generative dialogue as we continue to process 2020 in 2021. Linking moments of connection and loneliness, with a surrealist twist, this mobile piece presents an accessible (Covid-19 conscious) platform for people across the New York City boroughs and state lines.
Over the course of 35 minutes, the audience experiences an interactive, COVID-19 safe, live performance, and plays a role in dictating the way the story plays out. The project aims to explore interactivity and intimacy in a time of isolation. Functioning like a traveling peep-show, audience members peer inside a living room that is equal parts familiar and absurd as they experience a living room drama unlike any they’ve seen before.
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lighting design by
sound design and
interactive inventions by
costume design by
COVID-19 Consulting by
Zachry J Bailey
art direction by
art design by
Dominica P Hutson-Montoya
Blaire O'Leary & Danny Wilfred
graphic design by
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