concept and direction: Ginger Krebs
performance: James Falzone, Ginger Krebs, Charlie Malave, Dani Martinez, John Niekrasz, April Noga, Adam Paul, Jon Poindexter, Kevin Stanton, and Aurora Tabar
videography by Kitty Huffman
The Auditorium Theater, Chicago, 2014, 55 minutes
"Soft Parade" investigates the fantasy of status and the violence that underpins it. Why do human beings seem to need fantasies of glory and specialness so badly? The "right" to “pursue happiness”, through self-help, consumerism, marketing, social media and even fascism haunt the space of the performance through voice over and written text, like sashes and swag printed with “Enjoy!” “Sweepstakes”, “100%” and “Strategic Horizons, LLP”.
Navigating aggression, seduction, rebellion and obedience, the performers investigate how we internalize competitive attitudes, and how we might nevertheless choose to work together for our collective survival.
Sound includes recorded excerpts from "Geno Auriemma: 14 Drills for Building Offense", and "The Quest" from Man of La Mancha, performed by Andy Williams.
Text includes short excerpts from "The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage", Pine and Gilmore, 1999, The Lululemon Manifesto, and "The Role of Self-Interest and Competition in a Market Economy", The Economic Lowdown Podcast Series