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.


  1. no, it sounds awesome! i just don't think i can make it all the way through. :) i hope it is awesome!

  2. From what I've read, I don't think you have to stay for the whole thing. I'm not sure how they're working that out with the limited seating ... but ... I want to be there the whole time.

    I'm confident of the 6pm to 5 or 6am part; we'll see what happens after that.

    And I did take the entire weekend off. (I normally work on Sundays)

    I'm still so excited!

  3. I just bought my ticket! I'm going to give it the best shot I can to make it all the way through. I just couldn't pass up the experience. I may need help from drugs to stay awake, though.
    I may be seeking people out to slap me in the face during breaks.

  4. Dana - I just bought mine today, too. I'm planning on staying clear through. Yes. I think we will all bond during this experience.

    I think I'm good until 5 or 6 am easily ... then I'll be counting on second and third and fourth winds. caffeine. water ...

    face slaps at break? hmmm, there's an idea!

    Looking forward to meeting you there!