Video excerpts from Prince Rama's Artist-in-Residence performance at ISSUE Project Room on February 20.
For the first performance, UTOPIA=NO PERSON, an initiation ceremony was conducted via “15 minute exorcise routines”. A play off the words “exercise” and “exorcise”, UTOPIA=NO PERSON focused on the body as a vehicle for utopian experimentation, encouraging willing participants to undergo a confrontation with personal demons and shedding of individual identity through the physical exhaustion of the body. Here, the element of “trance” played a crucial role in the music of both shamanic exorcism rituals and classic dance aerobic routines as a means to syncopate physical movements to metaphysical time patterns and hopefully elicit an interplay between the physical and spiritual realms. The use of Pythagorean tone frequencies and monochromatic color projections was employed in order to activate various chakras on the auric body as well. Using the famous aerobics instructor Paul Eugene’s motto, “Let yourself go”, as an existential battle cry, THE NOW AGE transformed the concert space of ISSUE Project Room into a mystical gym.
Cinematography: Bradley Buehring & Blair Neal
Editing: Matthew Walker