Because It's Round?, 1986, multimedia performance

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Because It's Round?, 1986, multimedia performance

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Because It’s Round? was an original multimedia performance project by Lynn Book for 12 performers about crowds, power, sentimentality and colliding values systems. She also developed material coming directly out of the event of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. Book realized the project at MoMing Dance and Arts Center, Chicago, where it was performed over three nights in the main presenting space. Book’s performance was on a shared bill with Hudson (who later founded Feature Gallery); this marked the first time that performance artists were invited to show work as part of the main space season. Because It’s Round? was informed by Book’s emerging interests in Feminist and Structuralist theory, in particular ‘translating’’ concepts derived from French theorist Roland Barthes’ early essay, “The World As Object” and American Feminist, Susan Griffin’s book, “Woman and Nature”. Book’s image, movement, text and staging ideas also drew from her background in modern dance, and her experiments in writing, including for multiple voices. Total running time for the live performance was approximately 45 min.

Credits/ Collaborators:
Lynn Book, artist, writer, director, filmmaker, set design
Robert Metrick created the sound design
Steve Okun, lighting designer
Mary Brogger, costume designer

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Because it's Round?, 1986, Chicago, MoMing Performing Arts Center, edited video documentation 01
This short, 7-minute video was edited from a 50 minute work, the 1986 multimedia performance “Because It’s Round?” by Lynn Book. Song-chant subtitles scroll over the dance shootout scene featuring four core performers, including Book, Sophia…

Because it's Round?, 1986, Chicago, MoMing Performing Arts Center, edited video documentation 02
This edited video documentation shows about 20 minutes from a 50 minute work, “Because It’s Round?”, an original multimedia performance project by Lynn Book. Themes of crowds, power, sentimentality and the event of the Space Shuttle Challenger…

Because it's Round?, 1986, Chicago, MoMing Performing Arts Center, performance documentation 1 of 3
This edited video documentation shows about 20 minutes from “Because It’s Round?”, an original multimedia performance project by Lynn Book. Themes of crowds, power, sentimentality and the event of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion guided the…

Because it's Round?, 1986, Chicago, MoMing Performing Arts Center, performance documentation 2 of 3
This edited video documentation shows about 20 minutes from “Because It’s Round?”, an original multimedia performance project by Lynn Book. Themes of crowds, power, sentimentality and the event of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion guided the…

Because it's Round?, 1986, Chicago, MoMing Performing Arts Center, performance documentation 3 of 3
This edited video documentation shows about 20 minutes from “Because It’s Round?”, an original multimedia performance project by Lynn Book. Themes of crowds, power, sentimentality and the event of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion guided the…

Because it's Round?, 1986, Chicago, MoMing Performing Arts Center, film for performance
This three minute ‘falling debris film’ was expressly shot for the multimedia performance project, “Because It’s Round”, created by Lynn Book. It was staged and shot on 8-millimeter film by Lynn Book with Alan Tollefson and projected during the live…
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