I want to produce a night of performance art pieces and ephemeral sculptures on ice. Think something like Einstein on the Beach meets the Disney Ice Capades, curated by Marina Abromovic. It would be weird, spectacular, and free. I would write, direct and produce the series of acts that make up the night but would have amateur hockey players, up-and-coming figure skaters, and other ice skating stars interpret the acts in super quick succession. The specific details still need to be ironed out but here’s a brief snapshot of some possible acts, each performed in a sequence of 60 acts in 60 minutes with the giant hockey scoreboard counting down time. As people filter into the dark arena, a large block of ice would be kicked in and out, through a single spotlight in the center of the ice rink. Eventually, as audience members opt to either file onto the ice themselves with just their tennis shoes or sit in the stands, the spotlight expands to a hockey goalie in his full protective gear, frantically practicing Buster Keaton falls, tumbling to the ice like a collapsible doll. Other acts include whimsical figure skating (the Bay Area is home to a number of young, world-class, Olympic hopefuls); a tragi-comedy farce of a man pinning his laundry to a long, moving clothesline; the echo of drums and wooden blocks in the massive, resonant arena; the audience shuffling around the edge of the rink as performers glide past them on skates, passing a giant 8’x8’ concrete cube back and forth across the ice. The potential for weird and wonderful in a community ice rink is huge. I also think it’s important that it’s free to the entire community, but that means we won’t have ticket sales to rent the Ice Rink, pay performers, or cover the costs of lighting/prop fabrication. I think a free, public, Performance-Art Ice Capade sounds awesome. I hope you do, too! With help from Awesome, I can scrape together the rest of the money to stage the Bay Area’s first ever Performance Art Ice Capade!
Funded by San Francisco, CA (July 2018)