Wild Art Group Presents Stages ON DEATH By Allison M Keating
In the space of a one-night-only performance, which by design is as energetically potent as it is fleeting, lies artist Allison M Keating's reflection on "why stay alive?"-an existential question posed after a friend's suicide and Trump's detrimental renouncement of the Paris Climate Agreement.
As ephemeral as life itself, On Death invites us to celebrate in raw reverie what gives us reason to live. Appealing to the viscera of its audience with collaged visual metaphors of life-high mimicry and imaginative facsimiles of death (giant flies, song, hooded tap dancers, a TrumpFly, a choir), this cathartic unfettered release is bounded by the self-imposed limitation of Keating's ultimate purpose-the creation of a papertape.
This pre-1912 method of printing film stills onto paper has proven to be the most durable and longest lasting method in which to capture live performance. With technical and directorial decisions committed to the production of material testimony meant to outlast the humans in the room, the performance struggles with the tension between our id-driven quest for momentary pleasure and our ego-driven ambitions to leave a legacy beyond our corporal existence.
Keating posits that both living in the moment and living for the future stem from the unitarily absurd motivation to cheat death as she asks us to consider this most influential of fears and reminds us that we always have hope.
Created by Allison M Keating with original music by Paul Matthis Performed by: Shawn Brown, Murphy Martin, Katie McKewin, and Kristin Tripe
Tickets $15 - $100 For information and ticketing please visit www.wildartgroup.org
ABOUT WILD ART GROUP: In 2015 Allison M Keating founded Wild Art Group, a project based performance company based in the booming arts town of Los Angeles dedicated to developing and creating her original artworks. Wild Art Group creates artist-driven projects that are relevant to NOW, charging people to examine and question our current contemporary moment and provoke community engaged discussion in a hopeful effort towards perception change, empathy, and a more tolerant society. Keating's art works herald unfettered self-expression and are daring, ambitious, visually striking, exciting, and never without a sense of danger. Wild Art Group works to ensure the experimental arts (works of art in which the outcomes are unknown) have a thriving future in America by fueling a culture of collaboration, resource sharing, support, and sustainability, both economic and environmental. www.wildartgroup.org
ABOUT ALLISON M KEATING: Allison M Keating is a visual artist, experimental theater director, and artist curator. In 2015 she founded the project-based performance company Wild Art Group in Los Angeles. Her performance art, drawings, and video art have been shown in New York and Los Angeles at Highways Performance Space, Machine Project, Paloma Street Studios, 3LD Art & Technology Center, and Pollution.tv among others. She was a company member of 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group in New York City and has held curatorial positions at 3LD Art & Technology Center, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts ,and Los Angeles Nomadic Division. She holds an MFA in Directing/Integrated Media from the California Institute of the Arts. www.allisonmkeating.com