Gorgeous Fever, 1994-97, multimedia performance

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Title

Gorgeous Fever, 1994-97, multimedia performance

Description

Lynn Book’s original multimedia performance project, Gorgeous Fever, was commissioned in 1994 by the Governor’s School for the State of Illinois, and previewed at the Allen Theatre at Illinois State University in Normal. This complex work was conceived of and created by Book as writer, artistic director, co-designer and composer, and featured her as the primary performer. Book interrogated key themes inflected by Feminist and Cultural Theory, medieval histories of the body and its treatment, 19th Century circus performers, and ventriloquism among other humanist research pathways in this work. They included: illness, sexuality, power and transformation which were grounded in and emerged from her robust studio practices that included writing, drawing, audio journaling and movement studies. This theory/practice weave is a hallmark of her body of work and produces a particular order of innovation in method as well as form.

The Gorgeous Fever project reflects the rigorous, unsettled texture of Book’s creative process as she premiered it in Chicago (1994), and continued to evolve it in Cleveland (1996), and several sites in Wisconsin and in New York (1996-97). Along the way, she created and recorded Gorgeous Fever: the radio drama, which received support from a MacArthur Foundation Project Residency through the Experimental Sound Studio (ESS) in Chicago. This iteration of the project not only evinced a new medium – an audio recording that exists as a work of art in its own right – but also offered fresh possibilities for critiquing normative standards set in play by social structures, for instance, the over anatomization of women’s bodies by the Western medical system to try and contain its intrinsic ‘excess’. The performance thereafter included the apparatus of a radio drama replete with tabletop sound effects and cassette tapes (Milwaukee, 1996), thereby exposing certain illusory elements masked by more theatrical staging. As well, Book, the performer, becomes also the director, inverting the hierarchy of power by taking on the voices of the doctors inscribing illness on the woman’s (erotic) body.

Other versions of the work were performed on a soundstage at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and in New York City at a Lower East Side theater space called Todo con Nada and at Roulette, the renowned new and experimental music space. The final performance of Gorgeous Fever was curated into The Kitchen series in spring of 1997. By this time, Book was living in New York and had, since the early 90s, developed another robust stream of artistic production as an experimental vocal artist and composer. This work, which was largely seen in new music venues, influenced the form yet again by the introduction of musicians, known as the Gorgeous Fever Trio, who performed onstage with Book. In the description for this, the final performance, the term ‘baroque cabaret drama’ was deployed to try and capture the convergence of several genres, styles and approaches that this last project exploration offered.

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Gorgeous Fever, 1997, New York, The Kitchen, multimedia performance (22 items)

  • Video sampler, edited performance
  • Video documentation, full performance
  • Performance text
  • Photo slide series
  • Photo slide documentation
  • Press (Interview, Critic's Choice, Announcement)
  • Program
  • Venue Brochure

Gorgeous Fever, 1994, Chicago, Randolph Street Gallery, multimedia performance (37 items)

  • Video documentation, full performance
  • 16 mm film element for performance
  • Performance text
  • Performance Lyrics
  • Performance Structure
  • Set Design
  • Photo slide series
  • Photo slide documentation
  • Reviews, 3
  • Tech/rehearsal documents
  • Cuesheet
  • Sketchbook, 72 pages, single PDF
  • Process Documents, 102 notecards, single PDF
  • Process board photo slides
  • Venue Mailer
  • Venue Brochure

Gorgeous Fever, 1996, New York, Todo con Nada, multimedia performance (1 item)

  • Video documentation, full performance

Gorgeous Fever, 1996, Cleveland, Cleveland Performance Art Festival, multimedia performance (27 items)

  • Video documentation, full performance
  • Photo slide series
  • Photo slide documentation
  • Festival Brochure

Gorgeous Fever: the radio drama, 1996, audio recording (1 Item)

  • Audio Recording

Gorgeous Fever: the radio drama, performance, 1996, Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee, multimedia performance (2 items)

  • Video documentation, full performance
  • Performance text with cues document

Gorgeous Fever, 1994, Illinois State University Allen Theater, multimedia performance (1 item)

  • Video documentation, full performance preview

Gorgeous Fever, 1994, Illinois State University Allen Theater, multimedia performance (1 item)

  • Audio documentation of radio drama preview excerpt

Creator

Book, Lynn

Date

1994-1997

Contributor

Lynn Book –Artist, Artistic Director, Writer, Composer, Designer, Performer
Sound Design – Dave Pavkovic with Lynn Book
Sound Engineer – Lou Mallozzi
Music – Lynn Book with Tatsu Aoki, Terri Kapsalis, and Dave Pavkovic

Language

eng;

Type

multimedia performance

Coverage

US -- Illinois -- Cook -- Chicago -- Randolph Street Gallery
US -- New York -- New York -- New York City -- The Kitchen
US -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee County -- Milwaukee -- Woodlawn Pattern
US -- Ohio -- Cuyahoga -- Cleveland -- Cleveland Performance Arts Festival
US -- New York -- New York -- New York -- Todo con Nada
US -- Illinois -- McLean -- Normal -- Illinois State University Allen Theatre

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