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This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Cloned by costume, three finger-snapping Australians invaded public lobbies and downtown sidewalks.

They marched single file to their own music (didjeridu, drums, flute, whistles) and lingered, trotted, gestured, followed passers-by imitating their motions, wove in and out of crowds, entered buildings and sat at restaurant tables with patrons, miming the act of eating. At times, men, women, and children followed them, keeping step, aping, chanting.

Artist Statement

We do not attempt to categorize Chrome. It involves three striking but enigmatic figures who move in and through carefully chosen sites: gallery spaces, theater foyers, courtyards, malls, plazas, and parks. It is not a performance in the accepted sense; it can run for ten minutes or for two hours, to be glanced at in passing or followed in detail. Each "performance" varies considerably, depending on place and people.

The elements of this piece include tightly controlled movement, sustained stillness, dance sequences, mime, comedy, the spoken word, song, and music. A chrome didjeridu and silver saxophone provide the instrumental atmosphere and rhythm for 'CHROME 1' contrasting vividly with the more mechanical up-tempo 'CHROME 2' with its sleek black drums, fifes, and whistles.


Chrome: August 4 – 5, 1983
About The Artist

Chrome is a performance group comprised of Paul Adolphus, Michael Pearce, and Tony Strachan.

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