Is SPACEFLIGHT18 performance art? SPACEFLIGHT18 is a hub for humanity, a gangway to the cosmos. It’s a public art performance, one-third close interaction with the public, one-third performance and one-third integration of the visual and performing arts.
Is SPACEFLIGHT18 a scripted work of experimental theater? SPACEFLIGHT18 is an experience that plays with a fluid script as it uses crowd-sourcing for new material.
Is there a synopsis of what actually occurs? Each passenger is interviewed and photographed during check-in (anonymously, as a fantasy person or themselves). After they sign the logbook they enter the Spaceship Kaleidoscope with an announcement of their arrival. This allows all passengers to be introduced before safety instructions and lift-off. While dancing we rise up and enter outer space for our round-trip cruise through our solar system. We travel freely before agreeing to return home to Earth.
What is the objective of SPACEFLIGHT18? To bring people together in celebration of our liberty, Earth and galaxy.
How do live audiences factor into SPACEFLIGHT18? Each collection of passengers provides a snapshot of humanity. This is like Humans of New York meets a cosmic Rocky Horror Picture Show. Everyone gets into the game. Passengers can create and submit art, music, poetry and/or a one-minute video postcard addressed to Earthlings or to extra-terrestrial life.
What is the inspiration behind SPACEFLIGHT18? The events that followed September 11, 2001 spurred me forward as I continued to work toward a creative response to the pervading fear in this world. This is my antidote, a place where people can come together to celebrate life in a show/vehicle that can reinvent itself nightly and can include real people in the act. Finally, the continual discoveries that are being made in today’s astronomy inspire me deeply, along with the magic and mystery of physics, telepathy and space travel.
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