So i did this ExerciseEXORCISE show this past Friday kind of late notice-- just a short spoken-word set, didn't know what to expect. But wow, what an incredible event. From experimental theatre to improv to hip hop to spoken-word to dance to more, this was one of the most unique experiences i've ever had as a performer. Aside from the fact that i killed it (which i gotdamn did) i really enjoyed myself as a spectator as well. It's beautiful to see all these different arts communities coming together.
The highlight, if you can call it that, was a short play that featured a real demonstration of waterboarding, one of the tortures that the US government uses. Absolutely chilling. Probably the most powerful performance art piece i've seen in my entire life. It might be easy to look at waterboarding and say "well at least it's not a pit full of scorpions or a branding iron to the face" or whatever, but seeing it live and hearing it described by the guy who had to go through it really made it real for me-- this is one of the worst things you can do to a human being.
The other acts were a bit lighter, as pretty much anything would have to be, but all very engaging.
DEFINITELY check out the other shows coming up:
6 Evenings of Dance, Theatre, Music & Film
Curated by Jeremey Catterton at The Bottling House Theatre:
Performed every Friday at 10pm, February 1 through March 7
Broadcast Live & Web-Stream by Twin Cities Radio
It is not every year that there are 5 Fridays in the month of February, and this year Minneapolis theatre company Lamb Lays with Lion is embracing this unique occurrence by unleashing the strange and unique performers of Minneapolis. Lamb Lays with Lion is proud to announce ExerciseEXORCISE, the Twin City’s opportunity to Exercise its creative demons and Exorcise the winter ennui, with 6 completely diverse evenings of performance. Each performance will be Broadcast by Twin Cities Radio, streamed on the web, as well as air by their sister station in Queens, NYC.