16 October 2008

Desert Islands

The perhaps unexpected link (for me) between most of the shows we’ve seen so far is their direct engagement with the audience and their open questioning of the audience’s interest in the work. Wendy in Desert Island Dances goes through an entire scene replaying (to herself) a video of the audience ‘filmed’ over the course of the first section. She then graphs out, with much self-deprecation, the highs and lows of the piece thus far. High point when she enters the stage. Low point when she starts dancing. High point again when she does a few super moves. Higher still when she gets into the box. Low point when she starts drawing with chalk, etc. etc. At the end of her graphing, we are left with the craziest of horizons to her desert island.