- The Broom of the System / Janitor of Lunacy
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The filibuster is a political tactic for a minority voice to delay passage of a generally polemic law in the United States Senate. Senators essentially “talk a bill to death,” speaking until the end of that day’s voting session and forcing its rescheduling to a later date. The senator must speak constantly. He or she may not leave to go to the bathroom, and may support themselves on a lectern with their hands, but not their elbows. Many senators prepare physically and wear sneakers and diapers to be able to manage the demands of these choreographic restraints written into United States constitutional law.
My filibuster will be a long-format monologue, lasting between 6-8 hours and performed in theaters and galleries. The duration of the text will influence its form, allowing for long tangents and derivations. As audience members will be invited to leave the performance space and re-enter as they please, their movements will construct a personal reconfiguration of the text. I will touch on a range of concerns relative to our current political moment: the presidency of Donald Trump; police violence; post-marriage homophobia, queerphobia, and transphobia; race and culture clashes after recent terror attacks and the refugee crisis; our collective molecular penetration by the pharmaceutical industry; the contemporary producer/consumer born of internet shopping, amateur pornography, and the sharing economy; etc. The performance will navigate vastly different scales of human experience, from the very global to the very personal, exposing a contemporary body inhabiting a range of affects and tones: humour and gravitas, confidence and fragility, matters of intense vitality and stupid bullshit dick jokes.
concept & development: Bryan Campbell - production METEORES - with the participation of La Tierce/Praxis (Bordeaux) and workspacebrussels (Brussels) - photo: Yves-Noël Genod