"I Clean the Stage" is an instructional score for solo or ensemble performer; this video documents an ensemble performance. The piece valorizes usually invisible, often gendered/racialized maintenance activities essential to human society.
In performing this score, there are two tasks at hand. The first is to clean the floor of the stage. The second is to be as mindful as possible of the sounds that the first task produces. How can this mundane set of actions be experienced as musical, while still remaining a functional activity?
"I Clean the Stage" is NOT theater; there should be no drama or acting involved. This piece is fundamentally about focusing awareness on what it sounds like to sweep and wash a floor.
The score for this piece can be found at gretchenjude.weebly.com/i-clean-the-stage.html
A high-quality audio recording of a solo performance by the composer can be found at soundcloud.com/gretchenjude/i-clean-the-stage