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On Death

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In the space of a one-night-only performance, which by design is as energetically potent as it is fleeting, lies artist Allison M Keating’s reflection on “why stay alive?”—an existential question posed after a friend’s suicide and Trump’s detrimental renouncement of the Paris Climate Agreement. As ephemeral as life itself, On Death invites us to celebrate in raw reverie what gives us reason to live. Appealing to the viscera of its audience with collaged visual metaphors of life-high mimicry and imaginative facsimiles of death (giant flies, song, hooded tap dancers, a TrumpFly, a choir), this cathartic unfettered release is bounded by the self-imposed limitation of Keating’s ultimate purpose—the creation of a papertape. This pre-1912 method of printing film stills onto paper has proven to be the most durable and longest lasting method in which to capture live performance. With technical and directorial decisions committed to the production of material testimony meant to outlast the humans in the room, the performance struggles with the tension between our id-driven quest for momentary pleasure and our ego-driven ambitions to leave a legacy beyond our corporal existence. Keating posits that both living in the moment and living for the future stem from the unitarily absurd motivation to cheat death as she asks us to consider this most influential of fears and reminds us that we always have hope.
Performed by
Shawn Brown
Murphy Martin
Katie McKewin
Kristin Tripe
Production Team
Presented by Wild Art Group
Created, Directed and Produced by Allison M Keating
Composer: Paul Nabil Matthis
Producer: Jade Cagalawan
Scenic Designer: Melanie Waingarten
Costume and Puppet Designer: Alexandra Friedman
Sound Designer: Cinthia Nava-Palmer
Videographer: Paul Fenkhart
Marketing Manager: Phoenix Rodman