world, why not? We've covered a lot of subject in our five years
f Future perfect (I know I can't believe it's been that long either).
It seemed like time to instead of take a fractal microscope to a
small topic, lets take it to be a big one, and it's hard to get
bigger than the world. Of course you have to decide exactly which
world I am talking about..
I was a kid my dad played a lot of old time cowboy music, or trucker
music as it was referred to on the cover of the 3.98 cassettes available
well truck stops. Needless to say as young culture snob
I was always offended by the merest mention of anything involving
something to do with a banjo, Still there was part of me that really
enjoyed these little horse operas, much to my mother's dismay. It
took a long time and a lot of cultural deprogramming to get past
it. So in case I never mentioned it thanks dad. This shows for you.
for all you kind folks as well, you know what I mean. I should point
out too that while the notes are from my perspective, The show is
a collaboration of a lot of people, I mean a lot and I would be
remiss to not take a minute to single out a few. For One Deb Thayer,
the choreographer, and co-captain. She re helped to shape this into
something in my head to a reality. I would buy a used car from her.
musicians are family but I want to single out Paul Horn and DI Dolari,
they are the group that you see the most of tonight. For being as
flexible as water, you make my job so much easier.
is your first time to one of our things I'll explain, to those who've
dealt with us before just go on and skip ahead a bit, I won't mind.
Future Perfect is a sound system, collaboration between Musicians,
artists, DJ's and now dancers. To create a new of collaborative
work. If that seems a little high falootin, think of it like Mission
Impossible, the TV show, not the movie. A group of agents and you
pull the right ones for the mission. Not every agent is in every
show, but there are some that get used on almost every episode.
If you want to know more check out
of thanks and praise:
Fulkerson you are a life saver!!!!!!,Matt"eleventh hour angel" Fugate
Jeff, and Dave the worlds greatest sound guys, Mr. Thaxter, and
Ron, CASP, Jim, and Michele(thanks for moving the trip) , Terry,
Tm and Jason, Lorren, TS, Jeff, and all of Zaftig. Di Dolari, David
,Charlie, Drone, Dave W. (man thats a lot of Dave's ) Benji,Philip
Blackburn, Christian (maybe next time!) Deb, and all the dancers,
Brahm, Steve, Miriam and the Red Eye Posse, Merle Haggard, Buck
Owens and Bob Willis, Ren & Mambo (still sounds weird R.I.P.
Stimpy) and as always Mo...
The new Future Perfect presentation "The Modern World" is a fractal
snapshot of the universe, as we know it. Snippets of the lives we
live cut up and rearranged and assembled into a new whole. Abstracted
from what we are, what we think that we are. and where we might
want to go. It looks at politics, relationships, Stepford Wives
syndrome, our inner selves, and our limitations and liabilities.
Think of it a sort of theater of convergence where lots of different
ideas all roll into one.
This is a pretty different piece of work for us it's theater based
rather then installation based, it follows a linear narration (well
kinda) it uses choreography, which is a total first for us. (As
done by Deborah Jinza Thayer) it also is the super charged version
in that it clocks in at about an hour and a half. And there is no
admission after the performance begins. Stylistically this covers
new territory for us as well. Since it deals in part with a fascination
of western music, gunslinger ballads in particular.
marks the begging of the next step of the Future perfect Sound System,
before we were somewhat limited being that our performances were
installation based now the barriers are gone. You cant think of
this as an opera if you like but that might be a little to high
falootin a concept, you could think of it as a musical, but no one
is going to confuse it with Annie get your Gun. Well someone might
but they would most likely be very very high.
The cast of this here shindig is in no particular order of importance
choreography by Deborah Thayer, music from Big daddy. Jr., &
the Spook, Zaftig, DI Dolari, the Radar Threat, Jim Anton and Chuck
Zwicky, and Dave Wolfe (of the Vibro Champs) Christian Ericksion
(of the group Astronaut Wife,
the possible surprise or two. Video by Keri Halverson, and it was
conceptualized produced and directed by Chris Strouth. This production
is funded through a grant from the Jerome Foundation! (Go figure
you have it, please write about it, I think that'll be quite good.
soon, hopefully around the time of the show we will have a new CD.
It's a recreation of our last Weisman Museum show "the Nature of
Time" and features some really great stuff, but I'll tell you more
about that soon.