the final work in the Salon Romantik series
created by Control Group Productions
premiere: January 23, 2015 at The Dairy Center for the Arts
filmed in performance
Note: This work opens with a 20-minute pre-show as the audience enters. This video begins with a shorter edit of the pre-show, giving a sense of the scene, and then continues into the work. The full pre-show is viewable at the end of the video.
PRE-SHOW: Playdate. A convivial get-together. An introduction to the rules of the game. Repetition and mutation.
ACT I: The Void. The teeming emptiness from which we create, gradually becoming self-aware.
ACT II: The Show. The mass-manufactured product, predetermined, compelled to faithful replication.
ACT III: Capitulation. An act of submission to larger forces, following the thing as it comes alive.
Concept & Direction : Patrick Mueller
Performance: Taylor Ann , Todd Bilsborough, Patrick Mueller
Sound Design: Todd Bilsborough
Lighting Design: Jamie Whiteley
Physical Design: Taylor Ann & Patrick Mueller
Created in residency at Colorado Conservatory of Dance.
A vision coaxed from the teeming void.
A flawed, mutant replication of the original prototype.
A delicate, spastic, surreal meditation on how creations come alive – again and again.
A dance-theatre performance in three phases.
CREATION (re-creation) is just that – a new creation that crafted from past events in Control Group’s Salon Romantik series. A rejection of modern art’s mandate of originality, the work pursues imitation and replication toward an innovative product. The result is a Frankenstein event, pieced together from recycled parts, a mutant creation brought to life, dictating its own purposes and directions.
The project drives at the heart of the Romantic ethos – the nature and value of the creative act. It grapples with fundamental questions about originality, intention, artistic process, and the relationship between the artist and the creation. The work defies the Master Maker Model: the paradigm of the solitary artist genius manifesting creations directly from imagination into the world. It finds opposition in the uncontrollable forces of nature – reproduction and evolution using replicative/recombinative fabrication practices to generate mutant creations imbued with individual will and agency. We move past this unfulfilling binary construction into a complex, shifting landscape responsive to individual impulses, situational parameters and potentials, and continuously evolving angles of perception.
This project culminates a four-year research process into the undercurrents of Romanticism in contemporary culture and thought. The Salon Romantik series has taken audiences into the wilderness (literally), through the devastation of the apocalypse, inside a communally-conjured insanity, and more. CREATION (re-creation) invokes past works and new visions to find fleeting glimpses of a world beyond the mandates of the Romanticist/Rationalist duality – a world embodied through performance, physical/visual design, a live sound score, and live-interactive video.