Sunday, July 3, 2011

There's This Crazy Thing I'm Excited To Do

If you've been following my blog for the past four years, you've probably seen me mention PICA's T:BA Festival. T:BA is Time-Based Art and it's usually written with the year, such as T:BA:08, T:BA:10. I've been attending the festival since 2004 and T:BA11 is quickly approaching. I just had to schedule some work for the first half of September and was thrilled to discover that most of the T:BA11 schedule of events are up online.

So I selected everything I wanted to see and all dates of those that had multiple opportunities. I saved my list, checked and circled and figured out how to maximize what I see and still be able to work enough hours that week.

Yes, I can do it. And I'm excited.

Besides the next Ten Tiny Dances performance - which I always love: it's always new and fresh and fun.

The very topmost thing I'm looking forward to is not included in my Immersion Pass. I have to buy a ticket separately. It's only being performed once. And there are only 25 seats.


But now I know when the tickets will go on sale and I will, yes, arrange my schedule so that I can call when they open. Because I Have To Be There.

The thing I am excited about and absolutely have to see is Mike Daisey's "All The Hours In The Day" - which will be premiering here in Portland at T:BA:11. And I must be there. Yes, "all the hours" means all 24 hours. Mike Daisey will be performing a live 24-hour monologue. I want to be there for all 24 hours.

I have planned my work schedule so I can be there.

I must.

I will.

Below is an interview of Mike Daisey. They talk about "All the Hours in the Day" at about 50:03 minutes (out of 57). The rest of the interview is worth watching - but if you want to see what I'm excited about, there it is. Friends and my partner look at me a little skeptically - and they're not surprised. No one has offered to join me and that's okay. This is for me. And I can't wait.

There is a nice section about writing and thinking about half way through. There's a clip from the infamous New York City walkout (about 80-90 audience members of a 350 seat house stood up and left during one performance). Mike Daisey talks about keeping it fresh, keeping it live, keeping it real. And a bit of how he got there. And feel free to jump to 50:03 or so to see what this 24-hour monologue will be about.