This is a story about a man who goes to work everyday as a drone operator. When he is done with his shift, he goes home to his wife and children and has dinner. His waves of violence penetrate the family unit. His destruction is felt for miles and miles, at the dinner table to places far away that he will be forever linked to in the minds and hearts of those he hurts. His children feel the vibrations. They know. But they are also his children so there is heroism involved and desire to be loved. The drone operator is also lonely, because he is not on the ground with other military persons who understand the pain of the violence they are connected to, and there is little support for him, although he may not think he needs it.
Bags follows Dynasty Handbag hopping through an emotional minefield of five disposable bags. Using pre-recorded backing vocals the bags are anthropomorphized into entirely self-serving entities. DH tries to please the bags but ultimately fails to meet their needs. Bags uses physical humor, diverse characterizations to examine the necessity for balance in human relationships and how an empty sack can suck your soul if you allow it to do so!
written and performed by Jibz Cameron
creative consultant: Pascale Gatzen
Dance Theater Workshop, NY, NY
Counterpulse Theater, SF, CA
The Kitchen, NY
Vortex Reperetory Theater, Austin, TX
Dynasty Handbag creeps around the stage in sluethful vengeance as "Detective Bags" who is on the search for a missing woman, or is it every woman...or could she is the very woman she is looking for? Inverting film noir tropes and Hitchockian formula, Verititgo stars Dynasty Handbag as the lady dick without a clue, and meets herself in all the characters along the way...a demented femme fatale, a bitter fortune teller, an astronaut/waitress, a professional boxer, a disillusioned flower and a wise but stupid bear. Vertititgo is a tale about the way we look for things and the things that are worth looking for and how the two things rarely meet.
Written, Performed and Directed by Jibz Cameron
Creative Consultant: Kate Valk
Sound Design: Mateah Baim
Costumes: Hayden Dunham