UPCOMING APRIL 2020 SHOW : WHERE ARE YOUR GUTS???
“Where are your guts?” This was the question Johnny Cash asked radio stations and DJ’s in 1964 after his record “Bitter Tears” wasn’t getting any airplay due to the content of the material. The so-called “offensive” content? Johnny Cash produced a record that spoke of the plight of the indigenous people of this land we currently refer to as North America. Radio stations would not play it. Johnny Cash took out an entire page in Billboard magazine asking them why they wouldn’t play this record. Why wouldn’t they let these stories be told? You can read the whole letter here: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/country/7934004/johnny-cash-letter-racist-radio-stations-family-condemns-white-supremacist
Where are your guts? It seems like a question we need to ask ourselves just as much in 2020 as Cash needed to ask it in 1964. What are we afraid of? What are we not facing that needs to be seen, heard? What does it take to have guts? How do you find them? Where do they come from? Do you shy away from using them? What are you afraid will happen if you use them? What might happen if we don’t? How do we conjure up our guts? How do we use them for justice? For evolution? For revolution? Are guts important?
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
5-10 minutes pieces of performative art that gives insight into this question. It can be a song or a dance or both- a skit, a story, a monologue that tell us about your guts or inspire us to use our guts. Maybe you tell us about a time you regret not using your guts or a time when you conjured them up with the force of Thor (the God not, Erickson, tho, maybe Erickson…).
The work can be fiction or non-fiction and must originate with the performer (original work only, no covers or recitations of other people’s work).
Performances can include film and video elements, but can not solely exist in 2D like a movie or animation, there must be some performance element within the act.
HOW TO SUBMIT:
Send us an email description of the performance (up to 500 words). You can include imagery or video or anything you want to show us. Teafly directs the show and will work with you to develop your act to seamlessly fit the show. This can include creating multi-media pieces, helping you find performers or developing your performance more fully.
Ideally, we would like to see no more than 5 performers on the stage (it’s a small stage), but of course exceptions can be made.
SUBMISSIONS MUST BE MADE BY JANUARY 31st.
(Your act does not have to be fully developed by January 31, but rather we just need an idea by this time of what you want to do for the show).