April 8-12 | REDCAT
Caden Manson / Big Art Group SOS
The always-provocative New York ensemble has won an international reputation for pushing the limits of performance and video art by lacing its original hall-of-mirrors multimedia stagecraft with flurries of livewire choreographed action. Its latest opus, SOS, employs nine performers, two musicians, a half-dozen projection surfaces and 22 live-edit cameras to mix the worlds of surveillance, cinema and live performance.
Perfectly timed for Easter weekend, the production confronts themes of rebirth, sacrifice and ritual in a supersaturated, hyper-acquisitive society. Collaborators Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson draw on the primal themes of The Rite of Spring--the paradigm-shattering collaboration between Stravinsky and Nijinsky--to stage their own contemporary rite of rebirth through a panoptic "Real Time Film" technique, first seen at REDCAT in their acclaimed piece Flicker.
Everyday rituals of renewal are abstracted and refracted in video, morphed into metaphors of war and environmental degradation--and set into a meditation on sustainability, survivalism, immolation and revolution.
In a nutshell, people in rabbit costumes doing high budget performance art!