Presented in Other Forces festival:
Award-winning interdisciplinary theatre collective, bluemouth inc., presents an ecstatic and intimate duration-based performance event inspired by the physically grueling spectator sport from Depression-Era North America. A genuine endurance contest and staged performance, hopeful amateurs mix with bluemouth inc. performers under the direction of floor judges and the merciless movement of the clock to shape participation theatre. Those with two left feet can simply sit back to enjoy the fancy footwork.
Historically, the economic success of the dance marathon relied on promoters hiring and embedding eccentrically skilled performers among the actual dance contestants to create unusual and exciting situations. Using this model, selected audience members are each paired with a different performer, as if they were dance partners set within the larger framework of the dance marathon.
Known for its heightened performance style and bold design, bluemouth, inc. explores themes of endurance, competition, survival, and voyeurism in Dance Marathon, while enwrapping the audience in a wildly joyous, deceptively crafted experience.