what does it mean to watch and be watched?
curated by Robert Fleitz
on October 24, 2018
At WORK HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN
FeATURING carlos aguilar, tyler cunningham, Claire fleitz, robert fleitz, jasminn johnson, liana kleinman, emma pfitzer-price, & darian thomas
A performer changes when there is an audience watching — likewise we all change within the various performative roles we inhabit. The structure of this performance, and the pieces within it, simultaneously externalize and withhold inner worlds. Through this, I aim to instigate a healing process — by heightening performative vulnerability, the becomes a space of discovery and self-actualization.
The piece featured thoroughly composed works — including Jennifer Walshe’s “Zusammen II” and two theatre pieces by Robert Fleitz. Additionally, the performance featured works devised by the ensemble that explored the idea of what it means to watch, casting the players as contestants in a public-access danceoff somewhere in the South, as malevolently feuding parents who put audience members in time out, as an omnipotent surveyor of disturbing cultural artifacts, and as the leaders of a wellness retreat in which the participants “find themselves”. The performance ended with a series of modular solos created by an exchange of scores between members of the ensemble.