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In order to introduce and establish the idea and tone of “Control” with the audience,  a system was developed to incorporate the audience themselves into the performance.  We established that rather than verbal language, only physical gestures and touch would be utilized to direct the audience in the introduction of the work.

The audience was  kept outside the entrance to the theatre and only small groups of 5-8 were allowed to enter at a time.  Upon entering the theatre, the small group was immediately confronted and contained within a small area of light surrounded by ropes and a physical cage structure.  The group was held in this small area as one individual was separated from group and guided to another small light area where all audience members could observe the isolated individual.

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The singled out individual was presented with an instruction card which directed them to perform a specific action.  The audience members actions were observed by all present and video recorded.  The recording was immediately imported into Isadora, a real time video rendering application for intermedia application.  These images were abstracted and reincorporated throughout the milieu of the concert.  These included such directed actions as:

1) Pretend you are trapped in a small box and trying to get out.
2) Bounce off an imaginary wall 5 times.
3) Jump as high as you can then fall to the ground 3 times.
4) Catch 10 imaginary butterflies that are flying around you.
5) Run in place as fast as you can as if you were being chased.
6) Spin like a top until your too dizzy to anymore.
7) Spazz out!

Upon completion of the assigned task,  the individual and audience members contained within the  cage area were guided and placed within another small area of light on the other side of the cage as the next group was introduced into the theatre.  This final area of light where the audience was placed remained small until the audience was packed tightly.  Only then would the light area slightly increase to allow for more audience members.

This arrangement and situation created multiple viewpoints for audience members to observe and experience environments and situations of controlled behavior.  Once all audience members had seen and/or experienced the environment, the lights dimmed, releasing the audience to situate themselves for the remainder of the performance.

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