A (micro) history of world economics comes to US

French playwright/director Pascal Rambert brings his acclaimed production “A (micro) history of world economics, danced” to New York’s Crossing the Line Festival and to LA’s Pershing Square Amphittheatre – investigating our collective economic history.

How do you dance the economy? How can we know the dancer from the dance? These are two questions that pervade French playwright and director Pascal Rambert’s A (micro) history of world economics, danced in a theater production that explores our collective economic history throughout centuries of time from the islands of Polynesia to fair France. Inspired by the European economic crisis, the piece was originally composed with the participants of the writing workshop at the Theatron Member Théâtre de Gennevilliers.

Audience Engagement on stage

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In New York, participants drawn from non-professional groups were invited to write about the joys and sorrows of dealing with mundane economic issues of their lives, from job-hunting to repaying debt. Then they were asked to take part in body workshops where they translated the written word into the moving body. The result is an emotionally potent choreography of simple gestures and daily actions. Over forty non-professionals were engaged to create a local version of the show. These locals from different ages and backgrounds found the time out of their busy lives to be part of a theater production. They came to rehearsals not to get paid but to engage in what, from the standpoint of capitalist culture, is unproductive labor. They found time to create communal art with other strangers and to share this experience with an audience. If only for the brief duration of a performance, Pascal Rambert’s A (micro) history of world economics, danced does not just relate history. It creates, before our very eyes, an artistic utopia.

photo de groupe LAIn Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD), a theater troupe comprised of people working and living in LA’s Skid Row, will co-present  A (Micro) History of World Economics, Danced. This production assembles a 50 person cast of LA downtowners, blending professional and non-professional performers, including a 15-person chorus and the musings of an economist played by artist / activist John Malpede. The piece will be performed outdoor on October 26 – 27, 2013 at the amphitheater at Pershing Square.

excerpts from: press releas and Alisa Sniderman’s article in The Last Magazine

Global Popularity

Since 2010, Pascal Rambert has taken “A (micro) history” to 10 cities, incorporating members of each local community — their stories, gestures, belongings — into his examination of our collective economic experience. The New York incarnation (a co-production of the French Institute Alliance Française, La MaMa and Performance Space 122) had its premiere on Friday at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theater, as part of the Crossing the Line festival.

excerpt from: Siobhan Burke’s article in The New York Times

 

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