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Party of—

“Party of—” is an interactive performance installation that explores what it means to eat by asking questions about consumption: How do/are you consume/d? At whose expense does consumption happen? Can one avoid being consumed by what one consumes—that is, “becoming what you eat”? What are the structures that uphold oppressive systems of consumption?

While interacting with each other and with the audience, the performers will play the roles of the customer, the server, and the meal. Using dance, theatre, and spoken word, the performers will portray consuming, being consumed, and the different actions we all take along that spectrum in order to survive. Anchoring the performance space is a large table with several place settings consisting of tactile art engagements such various forms of packaging, scraps of material, photographs, and bottled scents. At first, the performers are contained by a transparent barrier that separates them from the audience. This denotes the largely invisible production and consumption cycles present in all our lives. Through this work, we seek to make those cycles more apparent and visible to audience members.

We will activate the entire performance space through projections, screens, soundscapes, durational performances, and tactile art engagements. Upon entering the space, audience members will encounter screens displaying various media platforms such as YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram. The soundscape will be a layered mix of notification sounds (email, text message, alarm), the sounds of cutlery, and the opening of packages, all grounded by an instrumental track.

Lizbett Benge

Lizbett Benge is an artist, educator, facilitator, and world-changer from Seattle, Washington. She uses theatre and expressive arts in tandem with her training as a doctoral candidate in gender studies to challenge systemic exploitation and oppression.

Dienae

Dienae is a dancer and performance artist based in Tempe. Dienae is currently studying in ASU’s Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership graduate program, where their focus is on curatorial activism in the performing arts. In their creative work, Dienae attempts to challenge normativity, using their queer body as the medium.

Sofia Dotta

Sofia Dotta is a Venezuelan interdisciplinary artist, organizer, producer, and creative based in Tempe, Arizona. Dotta started her career in Miami as a photographer, and has expanded into different media. Her interest lies in the intersection of art, community, wellness, and new technologies. Memory, identity, and sense of place drive Dotta’s creative work.