POSTED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 8:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 1:21pm
Baton Rouge, La — The Hopkins Black Box theatre at LSU invites patrons to experience “Sacred Waste,” an interactive eco-performance that takes a playful look at people’s complicated relationship with plastic trash.
Taking the form of a parodic ritual, the show features a talented cast of dancers, actors and musicians.
“This show is seriously ridiculous,” said director Bonny McDonald. “It speaks through movement and materials. The audience is encouraged to touch and wear items, but won’t be forced to join in. It will be just as fun to sit back and watch as to play with the cast.”
The show features live music, dance numbers and elaborate costumes featuring “up-cycled” plastic materials.
“I’ve been working with local artists and high school students to design the set and props out of single-use plastic items. The whole effect is pretty wild,” McDonald said, “especially the dragon.”
Despite the fact that plastics are not biodegradable, pollute watersheds and contain chemicals highly toxic to humans and animals, Americans throw away 1,500 plastic water bottles alone every second.
“We use a plastic cup for 10 minutes and then it stays on the planet essentially forever. I want to use performance to begin repairing the apparent disconnect between our rational recognition that plastic damages our eco-system and our daily participation in ‘rituals’ of producing plastic waste,” McDonald said.
“There are about 50 masks used in the show, elaborate headdresses made of straws and forks, and tutus made from plastic bags that are actually pretty,” said Emily Mistrzak, a performance studies graduate student and assistant director of the show. “The movement work calls on familiar consumer practices in a way that’s both amusing and undercutting.”
“Sacred Waste” plays Wednesday through Saturday, February 20 through 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 24 at 2:30 p.m. in the HopKins Black Box theatre, Room 137 Coates Hall, at LSU. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door for all performances.
For more information, visit the website at www.lsu.edu/hbb .