Film to be released in 2017
Study of Time and Motion is a collaborative performance project that explores human connection within the modern push toward efficiency. A series of site specific performances reactivate Seattle’s vacant Georgetown Steam Plant and the Duwamish River it once relied upon. Inspired by Steam Plant designer Frank Gilbreth’s and his wife Lillian’s 18 iconic gestures of efficiency and inefficiency, performers grasp, position, and reposition objects and themselves with measured cadence. When choreographed repetition frays, efficiency becomes the fulcrum through which performers maintain emotional and physical proximity to one another. Incorporating video installation at the plant and public signposts along the environs of the Duwamish River, this multidisciplinary project invites viewers to think through how the body moves us forward.
Audience is free to navigate this work at their own pace
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connect/reposition is a choreographed meditation that questions: What impact does our desire for progressive perfection have on human interaction and our relationships with constructed and natural environments?
The choreography was developed in collaboration with the performers: Ezra Dickinson, Rachael Lincoln, Mary Margaret Moore, Aaron Swartzman, and kt Shores.
6605 13th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
rest/forward is a choreographed meditation that asks: Can the human body restore a river that has experienced great loss in its meandering relationship with industry?
Set along the Duwamish River, this work reactivates motion studies expert Frank Gilbreth’s 18 elemental gestures of efficiency and inefficiency. During a five hour span, six performers assemble and disassemble, cycling through pedestrian actions in measured cadence that frays only with repetition and time. rest/forward explores the human connection within our contemporary push toward efficiency by traversing the river as an archival site of natural rhythms.
The choreography was developed in collaboration with the performers: Ezra Dickinson, Mary Margaret Moore, Aaron Swartzman, and kt Shores.
The Estuary / T108 Park
4651 Diagonal Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
As part of Six Weeks, In Time, Tia Kramer and Tamin Totzke present a durational performance that prioritizes human connection and challenges contemporary notions of efficiency. Influenced by motion studies experts Frank and Lillian Gilbreth’s 18 elemental gestures of efficiency and inefficiency, a group of performers will transform object-oriented gestures into human-to-human relationships.
The choreography was developed in collaboration with the performers: Grant Bowen, Jeff Huston, Mary Margaret Moore, and kt Shores.
Henry Art Gallery
15th Ave. NE & NE 41st St.
Seattle, WA 98195