FLANEUR PRODUCTIONS Presents: Dérive 2
This August, Open Eye Figure Theater will host Flaneur Productions' Dérive 2 , the
second iteration of Flaneur's annual evening of short performance works. This year's
Dérive will feature short performance pieces by Flaneur's Jim Bovino , Bedlam Theater's
John Bueche , contemporary dance duo HIJACK (Kristin Van Loon & Arwen Wilder),
and the International Novelty Gamelan .
Dérive 2 will be presented :
Thursday through Saturday, August 21-23 and 28-30
Monday, August 25
All Shows at 8:00pm
At OPEN EYE FIGURE THEATER , 506 East 24th Street, Minneapolis Admission $14 , but no one will be turned away for lack of funds
As in last year's edition, Flaneur has provided artists creating work for Dérive 2 with a
text to respond to as a starting point for their work - this year, the text is Samuel
Beckett's 1983 short play What Where. Like most of Beckett's works, What Where
resists an absolute interpretation, but it does feature interrogation which may or may not
be violent, and disappearances which may or may not be permanent - timely themes for
the 2008 Republican National Convention.
With a nod to the Situationists' derive (pronounced "dehr eve"), a group stroll with a
known starting point but no fixed destination, Dérive asks participants to embark on a
journey together, reexamining anything they encounter along the way. Artists - chosen
by Flaneur - are all given the same "obstructions" as starting points (2007's obstructions
were an out-of-context fragment of Portuguese literature and empty room in an old coffin
factory), then encouraged to work with absolute creative freedom in creating short
performance works from them. As in a dérive , they are asked to interrupt their everyday
patterns to embark on a journey with an unknown destination.
A significant change in structure for Dérive 2 will be the introduction of a "control" piece
into the evening's experiment. Flaneur's co-Artistic Director Jim Bovino will direct the
evening's first piece - What Where, as written, without alteration or interpretation. The
work that follows - pieces by Bueche, HIJACK, and the International Novelty Gamelan -
will be based in part on Bovino's work, as well as on the text itself.
As thousands of activists flood the Twin Cities to protest the politics of the Republican
Party. Arts groups will present pointedly political work that criticizes eight years of
Rightist domination of the national discourse. As an alternative to strict polemics, Dérive
will feature multi-disciplinary work that raises questions rather than answering them.
For more information about Dérive 2, please contact Flaneur Productions co-ArtisticDirector Don Mabley-Allen, at (612) 203-9560, or firstname.lastname@example.org.