In fashion, there’s armor. Through devices, we locate, shield and shoot. If we toss this stuff, how will we re-find ourselves and each other? Well, let’s start from scratch. And sniff.
Join Todd Shalom & Niegel Smith for a mostly-indoor participatory walk. A rite that roots and wrests the canvas of self. Yeah, we’re going there. And we’ll be getting naked. And we know that’s cliché. And that our “we” is different than yours. Oh lord. Come with. Undress. Together. And check yourself.
This is an interactive event for an audience of twelve. Participants must sign up in advance and remain present for the full duration of the piece. All advance tickets are now sold out, but tickets will be available in the Segal Lobby on Wednesday and Thursday.
This event is open to audience members 18 years and older.
Artist Statement: Elastic City intends to make its audience active participants in an ongoing poetic exchange with the places we live in and visit.
Artists are commissioned by Elastic City to create their own walks. These walks are participatory and may rely on sensory-based techniques, the creation of new folk rituals and/or other artist-derived exercises to explore one’s self, the group and a given space.
Note from the Artists: Asking walk participants to completely disrobe is extremely vulnerable for everyone, us included. Though we are aware that this choice might deter some from attending, our intention is to revel in that vulnerability in order to better investigate our relationships to our bodies and each other. We hope you’ll join us!
Collaborating Artists: Todd Shalom, Niegel Smith & Ryan Tracy
About Todd Shalom and Niegel Smith: Todd Shalom & Niegel Smith create participatory performances that work with text, sound and image to re-contextualize the body in space using vocabulary of the everyday. Their collaborations have been presented by Abrons Art Center, American Realness, Elastic City, The New Museum, The Public Theater and P.S.122. In their other lives, Niegel directs theater and Todd directs Elastic City.
www.elastic-city.org | www.niegelsmith.com