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Tacit Consent (2016)


Premiere: May 2016
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

Tacit Consent is an immersive performance installation about personal privacy—what we choose to share with the public, what is shared with limited or no consent, and where and how we separate public from private. To see and hear everything you must walk about. As you move through the installation’s rooms, the sound environment changes. Live video projections from one area are projected into another, found conversations are embedded into the score, dancers pass through a cramped courtyard to get from room to room. Concurrent scenes, some you can see and some are obscured, intrigue you to explore. The project began with composer Dan Wool's concept of interweaving found conversations into the score and Matthew Antaky's installation design of four separate rooms with projections, some of live video feed, on the walls. I created the choreography using their constructs and the images of watching other people, being watched and being completely alone. We watch other people all the time--in restaurants, stores, buses etc. When does watching cross a line and become intrusive?



Choreography: Liss Fain
Music: Dan Wool
Installation, Lighting, & Projection Media Design: Matthew Antaky
Projection Design & Sound Installation: Frédéric O. Boulay
Costume Design: Mary Domenico

Original cast: 
Sonja Dale, Katharine Hawthorne, Megan Kurashige, Shannon Kurashige, Cassie Martin, Sarah Dionne Woods-LaDue
Produced in association with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Photos: Benjamin Hersh
Video: Rapt Productions