site specific character development

the trench
January 2015
performance length: 42 minutes


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site specific character development.

What does it mean to transform, to change? Can two separate beings become one? Can we challenge human evolution and strive for anonymity? Can we force becoming? Can we change our habits? Can we invent our own walls, break them down, and invent new habits in order to better challenge the habits and barriers we would like to break from?

We, Avery Collins and Jessica Frelund, address these questions, which lie at the heart of larger problems of capitalist and consumer culture, self-control, gender roles, identity, and inventive adaptation and reprisal.

We create distinct costumes and characters in response to a chosen site. Activating their characters in unison within the chosen site, where the two are bound to bump into one another. Allowing chance to dictate a portion of events, Collins and Frelund begin to negotiate potential futures.

A performative cul-de-sac, a convoluted arrangement where the drive to determine human evolution with the drive to pull imagination into reality collide.