Special Event | Do You Ever Wish You Were Better At Things?

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Part theater, part dance, and part performance art: Do you ever wish you better at things? a new production by Brendalinda Performance Collaborative (BLPC) premiers in Ann Arbor January, 2013. Do you ever wish… opens January 18 and runs through February 2, offering audiences a glimpse at the realization of that very question in artistic form. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights with doors opening at 8:00 p.m. followed by the show at 9:00 p.m. at the LePop gallery, located at 101 N. Main, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the door.

 

What better time for self reflection than the beginning of the year? Many of us
spend countless moments dwelling on those things we would like to change about
ourselves, often times resolving to make these changes come during the new year in hopes that we can better our lives and the lives of those we care about. Whether it be as plainly stated as ‘Guitar’ or as elusive as ‘Letting Go,’ the question, “Do you ever wish you were better at things?” elicits a broad spectrum of responses that illustrate an honest and difficult component of our human nature.

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Hosted in Charlie LaCroix’s LePop Gallery, Do You Ever Wish… aligns with BLPC’s mission to redefine what a performance site can be. “By removing performance from a theater we can open up the work to a wider range of people and remove boundaries that we might otherwise face,” says BLPC Creative Director, Brian Carbine. “The gallery gives us an opportunity to design something that is totally immersive and something that requires the audience to become an active participant in the experience.”

The script for Do You Ever Wish… was developed by BLPC’s members and utilizes a combination of movement and ethnographic research, visual arts, oral histories, and fiction for inspiration. Photographic documentation of the process can be followed online as the cast posts pictures of community members holding signs featuring their wishes for betterment. The project is produced in partnership with Charlie LaCroix Art Brokerage and Creative Rights.

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