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As we approach the one year anniversary of COVID-19, Curtain Razors is releasing three projects online this month. During this season of change, this small interdisciplinary performance company has adapted their public offerings to include original, virtual creations. We have cherished each opportunity we've had to connect with our community through these endeavours.
'Untitled Peter Tripp Project' is a performance project destined for public presentation this coming June. Artists Johanna Bundon, Jayden Pfeifer, and Lee Henderson are giving a sneak peek into three short solo performances, filmed as part of their studio research in 2019-20.
“We made the work prior to COVID, but going back over this material, ideas of solitude & isolation ring loud in the work. As artists, we make in relationship to the present moment. When the reality of the present moment shifts, as has happened so dramatically this past year, there is a potency in the practice of artistic meaning making," Johanna Bundon, Artistic Associate.
Peter Tripp, a once-celebrated radio DJ, performed a publicity stunt in 1959 wherein he broadcast continuously, for 201 hours, from a glass booth in Times Square. This act was his undoing—he suffered psychological complications from prolonged sleep deprivation, and his increased fame made him a target for investigators who would indict him on commercial bribery charges in the “payola” scandal of 1960. Tripp figures as an aspirational (and cautionary) figure in our current thinking around arts practice. As prairie artists (and one prairie ex-pat) who are building an audience for alternative contemporary theatre, we find rich territory in the metaphor of the radio broadcast—the host sends performative energy into literal thin air, not knowing whether it is being received by a million listeners, or no one. Exhaustion acts as a character in Tripp’s story, and our own, as the ever present wolf-at-the-door threatening to consume the performer while motivating his gimmick.
Presented on the one year anniversary of their Untitled Peter Tripp Project, supported by Dunlop Art Gallery and Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre.