Five Hidden People in the Cultural Center

2009

five hidden people

Performance in collaboration with five unemployed people.
DCA Theatre, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.
Duration: 75 min

The work was presented on the theater stage of the cultural center of Chicago in the form of a performance. I hired five unemployed citizens whom I asked to pretend they were actors. The duration of the performance was one hour. I asked my actors to hide for that duration in different parts of the theater building. The wait by the audience and the actors and their absence from a common space, were followed by descriptions by the actors on stage of the places where they had chosen to hide. After one hour they appeared, one after the other, on the stage before the audience that had been waiting. The stage was differentiated from the space of action. The audience and the actors shared, from a different position, a joint experience of producing a plot. There was no video of the work, there were only photographs taken.

five hidden people

five hidden people

five hidden people

five hidden people

Photos by Joseph David Belknap

Participants: Rolley Bateman, Mary Bateman, Justin Gabrillos, Tommy Heffron, Brandon Pass