Beware! Falling Ox
(Performance Piece, 2012)
Beware! Falling Ox is a 15 minute performance piece exploring clarity within chaos; it frames the ‘mistakes’ within live-work and ultimately celebrates the potential to fail. It embraces the aesthetic of DIY music scenes – punk, grunge, noise – to promote the unexpected within a theatrical context
The performance presents itself as a gig gone shambolically wrong. Feedback screeches can be heard whenever the guitarist/singer approaches the mic, the guitar needs to be tuned and re-tuned, the distortion peddle flicks on and off, the sound engineer battles with blistering rumbles, a plethora of cables and the wrath of the front(wo)man. The projections – which light the performance – are fed from a wireless camera; which almost immediately becomes un-plugged (leaving only static to light the performance).
However, the hums and buzzes are slowly looped to create a cacophony of noise. The anarchic nature of the work is harnessed to create something carefully orchestrated; patterns are created within the shifting and unexpected circumstances.
There is a tendency in commercial theatre to emulate mediatized forms, privileging mass production. .dash contest that theatre should embrace and champion what is unique about theatre: it is live, it is messy, it is immediate. Stereotypes are underscored whilst conventions are broken.