Keep it safe – A Crowd Control Action

People gathering at the starting point, excitement building up. Everyone is here to have fun, everyone committed to a unique experience. No one is alone, you meet old friends or find new faces in the crowd, ready to try or see something new. It’s a moving performance!?

A moving performance, what to expect? What are the rules? Is it safe? What could be a total chaos is indeed a very organized and choreographed situation.

In the middle of the anonymous audience masse are safe havens of knowledge and organization: staff members dressed in bright yellow jackets. They are the ones who know where anything is and when everything happens. They are there to help, even if they are standing on someone’s shoulders or dancing like maniacs. Once a yellow jacket, always a beacon of authority.

What if they know nothing? What if they organize the already organized or disorganize the disorganized?

But the real question is: Where is the toilet?

Using dance, movement and object manipulation we create new logics and new spaces. We move from A to B and invite people to move with us.

We play with the flow of the audience questioning not only the rules and social norms of a crowd but also the concepts of personal space, group influence and eagerness for fun.

“Keep it safe” happens in a busy environment, with only our bodies, a rope and some traffic cones we aim to influence the movement, emotions and attention of a crowd.

What would happen to a performance if the crowd lost control?

“Keep it safe” is an interactive performance where we play with the flow and movement of the crowd, testing the possibilities of the relation between audience and performers, welcoming and inviting interactions.

This is a performance in the Crowd Control series. “Keep it safe” is stand alone and easy to adapt to very different settings and spaces such as gym halls, city squares, school yards, foyers, outdoors and indoors.

Duration: about 35 minutes.

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