“What does it mean that you’re losing money on your performance? What does it mean that to be a successful artist you need to be supported by a family member or partner?”
Emma Doran (@j_a_z_z_h_a_n_d_s) reflects on Eroca Nicols' Truthteller, a performance work which allows the oft-discreet details of production finances to bask in the stage light.
Presented by @summerworks_festival, Nicols’ interactive presentation engages with performance economics, rituals and intimacies between bodies in a way that breaks open the roles of audience and performer.
Performed by Nicols (@erocanicols), "Lady Janitor" (Madeleine Shen Lopez) and Carly Boyce (@tinylanterntarot), Truthteller features a tender slow dance, a kiddie pool “in drag”, a baseball cap with a third eye, crystals, live tattooing, and lots of golden glitter.
"...it feels like medicine. The glitter sticks to her wet body, to us, and makes a lake of molten gilt…”
To end we are invited to stand and sing Like a Prayer together. We step-together-step-touch and sway along. It could feel forced and corny, but it feels like cleansing, as I imagine a ritual should. It’s not corny; it’s communal.”
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