November 20 - December 05, 2020
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LAST GASP WFH
By Split Britches
Written & Performed by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver
Directed by Lois Weaver
Last Gasp WFH, looks for ways we might catch our breath in these times of global uncertainty, considering our ‘last acts’, whether personal, political or environmental.
Written and performed by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver of Split Britches, it is a series of verbal and physical essays that playfully dances through the dangerous intersections of permanence and impermanence, interdependence and care, knowledge and experience, narcissism and echoes.
In the wake of canceled performances, Split Britches were keen to maintain momentum for their new live work Last Gasp while having to ‘work from home.’ Last Gasp WFH was developed in a site-specific Zoom format using their quarantine-home as a structural visual anchor. A house becomes a stage for the experience of sheltering in place, serving both as an intimate capsule of sequestered time and an apt reflection on the precarious nature of our bodies and the planet we call home.
Experimenting with new ways of making and finding joy in a pandemic Split Britches collaborated with lighting and video designer and editor Nao Nagai, sound designer and composer Vivian Stoll, and choreographer Morgan Thorson to create a new format for performance that could be shared from a time of quarantine. Playing with the fragility of technology, particularly the unpredictability of Zoom, the team found new avenues to the classic Split Britches aesthetic of broken down theatrical conventions, exposing the self on stage.
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"Split Britches does exactly what we need art that is set, and made, in troubled times to do – send us out with questions."
-Emily Garside, Miro Magazine, review of Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)
"It is wonderful to watch the rapport Ms. Weaver and Ms. Shaw have forged over shared decades."
–Elisabeth Vincentelli, The New York Times, review of Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)
"One of the ingenious paradoxes and tensions of this piece is that the very thing our society needs more of — meaningful political dialogue — here becomes inimical to a thing we need even more badly: swift, decisive rescue."
-Gay City News, review of Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)
Photo by Christa Holka