Frank Moore’s The Uncomfortable Zones Of Fun,
experiments in experience/participation performance
Recorded at Temescal Arts Center, Oakland, California
Saturday, April 23, 2011
The performance Saturday was like eating at an Italian family restaurant! Courses, in the form of people, kept coming in all night. Actually an audience member was so moved that he disappeared at one point into the street and dragged strangers into the theatre. Two of the strangers got extremely into the tribal community which had been created. Most of the people who came were ready to play, even bringing their own musical instruments [even the woman who is a buyer for the rich (buying literally shit for them!) brought her harmonica]. They cleaned out our three bins of free stuff which we have been carrying around for years! They were ready to pull their weight in the performance. This was especially true for the "autistic" kid and his "caregiver." The boy had a ball playing music joyfully, and he was able to put it into words. It turned out that another guy had a sister who is severely "autistic." All I had to do all night was to keep weaving the threads together and come up with bits like using a timer when a guy said he needed four minutes before he would be ready to take his clothes off. NO PROBLEM!
But things were so rich I ran out of time again! I couldn't even follow up with the woman who said I was the inspirational source of her art of sexuality and spirituality [she even said I was one of the Grandfathers (am I that old?)]. Everything was so intense, dense and silky deep, time just ran out. We realized that one of the keys of the series is it is free. This opens it up to people who are living on various edges! I always have kept the price low, flexible, or nonexistent!
This is a night of the monthly performance series I have been doing for over two years in Oakland, California. At first I called the series REALITY PLAYINGS. But when people kept yapping about how I threatened their comfort zones, I changed the title to THE UNCOMFORTABLE ZONES OF FUN.
For three hours I totally improvise around who comes. So I never know what will happen next. Often it gets very surreal erotic by the end!
From the poster: Frank Moore, world-known shaman performance artist, will conduct improvised passions of musicians, actors, dancers, and audience members in a laboratory setting to create altered realities of fusion beyond taboos. Bring your passions and musical instruments and your senses of adventure and humor. Other than that, ADMISSION IS FREE! (But donations are encouraged.)