On the Boards


On the Boards
100 West Roy Street, Lower Queen Anne, Seattle

  • Nicola Gunn

Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster combines text and choreography to interrogate a story of a man, a woman, and a duck. It dissects the excruciating realms of human behaviour by calling into question our capacity to make moral judgments and relate to others in an ethical way. The work is disarmingly simple but gradually becomes mind-bogglingly complex. It slips across tempos, ideas, and performance modes to create something inescapably unique full of wit, provocation, and reflection.

"A couple of years ago I got into a fight with a stranger because he was throwing stones at a sitting duck. She was protecting her eggs. The man’s children were collecting stones for him to throw. I told him what he was doing was unnecessary and could he please stop. He told me to mind my own business, or words to that effect. I was in a foreign country and we did not speak each other’s language. What ensued was an angry, abusive and physical confrontation that achieved nothing: he continued to throw stones at the duck and I walked home to write about it on Facebook." —Nicola Gunn


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