the rapture will be televised V is the final episode in the series. Continuing to put the world under a magnifying glass to reveal the saturated layers of feelings and emotions using physical articulation of the everyday, the fifth episode uses R&B music as a tool to develop the work. We applied the thematic content within the lyrics, the musical tools of melisma, vamping and verse structure, cultural metaphors and emotional landscapes inherent in the genre to everyday, mundane situations.
The dialogue that was not-heard on stage was constructed from collaged R&B-number-one-hit lyrics from 1991-2000, while the soundscapes and visual tone of the show were indicative of a larger R&B aesthetic. Through extensive dramaturgical research, we looked towards the touchstones that define this genre and, through this paradigm, built our show from these observations. On top of the genre of R&B music, we also layered our ever-consistent exploration of the impending global apocalypse. How do the thematics of R&B music intersect, communicate or detract from an apocalyptic world? Through character, intent, and heightened emotional states - how do we mold personas and explore choices that embody this intersection?
Original piece curated by TANZTAGE Berlin 2014. Performed at Sophiensaele January 2014.
Text: #1 American R&B Song Lyrics 1991-2000, Jenny Lewis (and the Watson Twins)
Choreography: Alexander Coggin, Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Norton
Music: Michael Norton
Projection Design: Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor
Stage Design: Alexander Coggin
Furniture: Bror Sander Berg Størseth
Tapestry: Aurora Sander