Authority Figure is a social psychology experiment that utilized choreography, sound and installation to elicit emotional response from the audience. Mirabile and Kinlaw brought together six choreographers, seven installation artists, original sound compositions by various musicians as well as a cast of 175+ performers to develop an atmosphere whose motive is to consider our relationships to authority, obedience and each-other. Our current political climate asks us to be conscious of our relationships to police brutality, big data, surveillance as well as the intricacies of our psychology in regard to power dynamics.
During each two-hour show, groups of twenty were directed into the space every twenty minutes. Each group faced different durational and emotional challenges corresponding directly to the entry time. The performance began with ticket sales. In order to secure admission at all, you first had to take a personality test to determine which entry bracket will be most appropriate for your experience.
Additional choreography by Colin Self, India Salvor Menuez, Juri Onuki, Kathleen Dycaico, Monica Mirabile, Richard Kennedy, Sigrid Lauren, Tara-Jo Lewis
Installation by Bad Taste, Ilana Savdie, Jerome Bwire, Kathleen Dycaico, Michael Potvin, Signe Pierce,
Music by Blood Orange, Caroline Polachek, Dan Deacon, Eartheater, Ian Drennan, Hot Sugar, SOPHIE, Pictureplane
Directed by Sarah Kinlaw and Monica Mirabile
Authority Figure May 19-22nd, 2016 in Queens, New York