BRIGADE IS ON!! BRIGADE IS ON!!
BRIGADE AT TRUE COLORS FESTIVAL!!!
There was a misstep in communication but we've sorted that out now that the tour has started. It turns out the guestlist needs to be approved for each individual show. But they've accepted our proposal and are willing to give us a few guestlist spots for each show if we can pull a Brigade together for each one.
That means you get to see the concert for free!!
All you have to do is create any of the acts in the proposal, which follows (please read it fully).
ASAP Email 1) your full name 2) your age 3) your phone number, 4) which show you're planning to attend, and 5) a description of what you're planning to do (preferably with pictures) to: email@example.com
If it's a multi-person act, make sure every particpant emails me with the aforementioned info. Thanks!
And hurry! I know the tour already started and I'm sorry that the confusion delayed everything, but we can do this! YOU can do this! WE CAN DO THIS!!!
************The Proposal (which we have to stick to, but leaves plenty of freedom within):
*important note: if you already have a ticket and do not need to get into the venue before the doors open to set up your act, then you do not need to stick to the proposal to Brigade, but you will still be bound by the rules that apply to regular audience members*Goals:
- To enrich the visual experience of the concertgoers with living art
- To educate onlookers and open dialogue about gay rights history
- To engage the audience more directly by performing on the ground, rather than from the stage
- To engage the audience directly through interactive painting and by asking them to share their thoughts in a ledger that will travel the tour
- To promote the Dresden Dolls ideals of activating audiences to become performers Living art:
Depending on available space and the number and types of volunteers, the living art may be clumped together into a single tableau in the entranceway, lobby, vendor-, bathroom-, or audience-area, or split up into ‘stations.’ These performances should only take place before and between the featured stage acts, so as not to interfere with anyone’s performances. With the variety of the performances in the tableau, the Brigade should be dynamic enough to achieve its goals with anywhere from 5 to 10 participants. The advantage to this dynamic Brigade design is that it gives us options to accommodate any logistical concerns that may arise in different venues
- Station 1 –Living statues recreate classic art such as (but not limited to) Boucher’s ‘The Love Letter’ depicting a woman flirtatiously giving a love letter to another woman, ‘Gabrielle d'Estrée and the Duchesse de Villars’ depicting a woman pinching the other woman’s nipple (both performers would be covered by body paint, no true nudity), or for male Brigaders Pablo Picasso’s ‘Reading of Letter’ or ‘Pipes of Pan’, each depicting a deep, though not overtly sexual, intimacy between two men. Each piece would be performed by two people, though not every piece need be performed. For instance, if there are no male or trans-male volunteers, the Picasso pieces might not appear.
- Station 2 – Living statues or public performers depict significant events in the Gay Rights movement such as (but not limited to) a soldier whose costume and physical expression comment on the “Don’t ask; Don’t tell” policy of the U.S. military, characters depicting the righteousness of the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969, a blindfolded, mouth-taped, white-painted or white-clothed living canvas to be ‘liberated’ or ‘saved’ from the deathly silence by the audience expressing themselves through painting her/him, a character bearing the pink-triangle armband of Nazi concentration camps, and some of the young angels who protested against the anti-gay protesters at Matthew Shepard’s funeral.
Each of the installations in these stations would be explained with a placard set adjacent to the performer. If possible, it would be nice to have a ledger that the audience could write their thoughts in that would accumulate responses throughout the tour. Usually, when living art is performed, it is customary for the audience to tip the performers. We can encourage this to be done and then donate the tips to one of the charitable organizations, or we can encourage the donations to be given directly to the organizations, or we can ignore or discourage tipping altogether.Amanda's addendum (aka "Amandum"?):
maybe have people re-create the famous poses from photos and paintings (ie nipple-tweak, the times square sailor kiss, maybe marilyn's skirt flying up...you'd need a fan, etc etc)....but all with reversed and/or mixed genders......and painted heavy heavy stark white with all white clothes and drapery
Then have audience graffitti and paint/make up at will!! with a supervisor there to protect safety of statues
We could even include make-up bin, junk jewelry/mardi gras beads/colored hairspray and plaster-cast stuff and other kinds of shit to affix to the statues, like todays' newspapers to be ripped up and affixed.......
Its like those great fridge magnets of "dress up venus de milo and david", but in 3D with genderfucking
I love this, the main concern is that the models/statues be ready, it aint easy to hold for maybe an hour total, with one or two stretch breaks
12 Jun 2007 18:00 - Auditorium Theatre - Chicago, IL, Illinois
13 Jun 2007 18:00 - Jerome Schottenstein Center - Columbus, Ohio
15 Jun 2007 18:00 - Borgata Hotel - Atlantic City, NJ, New Jersey
16 Jun 2007 18:00 - Bank of America Pavilion - Boston, MA, Massachusetts
17 Jun 2007 18:00 - Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD, Maryland
18 Jun 2007 19:00 - Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY, New York
19 Jun 2007 18:00 - Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON, Ontario
21 Jun 2007 19:00 - Chastain Park Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GA, Georgia
23 Jun 2007 18:00 - Smirnoff Music Centre - Dallas, TX, Texas
24 Jun 2007 18:00 - Woodlands Pavilion - Woodlands, TX, Texas
27 Jun 2007 19:00 - San Diego State Open Air Theatre - San Diego, CA, California
29 Jun 2007 19:00 - Greek Theatre-U.C. Berkeley - Berkeley, CA, California
30 Jun 2007 18:00 - Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA, California
Email your full name, age, phone number, which show you want to Brigade, and a description of the act you want to perform AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to:firstname.lastname@example.orgI TOLD YOU THE PUNK CABARET WOULD RISE AGAIN!
LONG LIVE THE PUNK CABARET!