Katie Duck: CAGE


Friday September 28, 2018 | 7pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver


Katie Duck: CAGE

A pioneer on the international improvisation scene, Katie Duck has inspired generations of performers through her innovative work with dance, text and sound. CAGE is a trenchant feminist analysis of the human condition and the oppression of modern life, which Duck stages in different locations around the world in collaboration with local musicians and performers. For the Vancouver edition, she is joined by musicians Ben Brown, James Meger and Roxanne Nesbitt.

Duration: 50 minutes
This performance includes strong language and mature content.

"The performance contains images that provide a theatrical theme by way of a black dress, a chair, three wigs, texts, movement and sound. The text is non narrative based on four titles; The Institutionalization of Everything, Love, The Anatomy of the Vagina, Death.

"The text is placed in and around the use of body, space, sound and objects that I discover in each location. I have designed a film that plays behind the performance and re make a sound track (playground) for each event according to songs or sounds the collaborating artists wish to hand me, according to the culture where I am playing and according to the space  where it is played.

"My idea is to use CAGE as a score that I can share with artists where I travel, offering a platform to voice their artistic, cultural and personal expression. My ambition is to play CAGE in as many cultures as possible so that the material I have written in the score CAGE can continually develop and be played in real time for live time audiences.

"The title Cage refers to the composer John Cage whose scores, among other things, introduced musicians to choice in the 1950's. This piece uses choice in how the performers form a relationship to the public, in how the guest artist is integrated into the score and how a % of the piece is therefore improvised.

"The title CAGE also refers to how the institutionalization of absolutely everything, the loss of love, the need to face the anatomic technology perfection of what the Vagina actually is, and the use of death as a tactic for fear has suppressed our emotions and feelings forcing us all to live in a CAGE.

"We view distressing events daily and are able to tuck this in a pocket of our consciousness until eventually a panic attack grips our spirits and anything social seems beyond reason. The human condition to feel what we see and hear is numbed, boxed away in the normal. The new normal is violence. The new normal leaves little space for anyone to feel the violence.

"Language, politics, money freezes society in a delusional state of mind. The continual alienation of woman as an integrate role in our societies (and I do not mean joining the boys' club or playing along with the rituals of male bonding) suppresses men and woman alike. CAGE is played by one nomadic woman and one woman from the culture where it is played. It is not played by women as an exclusion to men. It is played by women because we are women. CAGE offers no solutions by way of sports metaphors, winners or losers. Cage is about – total take over.

"CAGE was written in 2014. It just so happens we are now entering a disclosure of the Hollywood male power mongrels. I suppose then CAGE is a moment of “Me too” in retrospect to when it was created.

"CAGE has been played in Italy, the USA, Hong Kong, Spin, Holland, Slovenia, Argentina and Mexico as a solo, as a duet and in some cases as a group piece with live musicians."

- Katie Duck