STUDY OF TIME AND MOTION: connect/re-position
October + November, 2015
Georgetown Steam Plant. 6605 13th Ave S., Seattle, WA
Directed/Choreographed by Tia Kramer & Tamin Totzke
Collaborators/Performers: Ezra Dickinson, Mary Margaret Moore, Rachael Lincoln, Kt Shores + Aaron Swartzman.
Environmental Designer: Grant Bowen.
Steam Plant Historian/Guide: Elissa Favero.
Study of Time and Motion is a collaborative performance project that explores human connection within the modern push toward efficiency. Through a series of site specific performances this work reactivates Seattle’s vacant Georgetown Steam Plant and the Duwamish River it once relied upon. Incorporating video installation at the plant and public signposts along the environs of the Duwamish River, this multidisciplinary project invites viewers to think through how the body moves us forward.
Set at the historic Georgetown Steam Plant, connect/re-position is the second part of a site specific performance series that embodies motion studies expert Frank Gilbreth’s 18 elemental gestures of efficiency and inefficiency. Inspired by these iconic gestures, performers grasp, position, and re-position objects and themselves with measured cadence. Over time the industrialized restraint of the movement unravels, loosening into strongly weighted physicality and momentum. When choreographed repetition frays, efficiency becomes the means through which performers maintain emotional and physical proximity to one another. For this work, the audience is both guided through the plant and allowed to actively choose their own pace at which to continue to engage and uncover the movement and aural compositions that evolve to occupy the plant.
connect/reposition is a choreographed meditation that questions: What impact does our desire for progressive perfection have on human interaction and our relationships with constructed and natural environments?
To learn more read a generous and critical reflection on the project: Stepping, In Time by Elissa Favero, published on the online art journal "Critical Read".
Saturday, October 24, 12–5pm
*Audience is free to navigate this work at their own pace.
*Drop in any time.
Friday, November 13th, 7pm
Saturday, November 14th, 4pm & 7pm
Sunday, November 15th, 1pm & 4pm
*Experience the arch of this choreographed work through a guided tour.
Performance Excerpt from 'boiler room.' Videography by Doug Arney, Jeff Gardiner & Matt Fish. Editing by Doug Arney.
Photography by Bruce Clayton Tom & Grant Bowen. Video Stills by Tia Kramer.
STUDY OF TIME AND MOTION: connect/reposition is generously funded by a 4Culture Historic Site Specific Project Grant and Duwamish Revealed. Special thanks to Seattle City Light for providing access to the historic Georgetown Steam Plant.