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As the culmination of the Studios Open House on December 13, Charlotte Street Foundation presents PRICE POINT, a live performance by Chicago-based ensemble Honey Pot Performance at Paragraph Gallery, 23 East 12th Street. This 90 minute performance will follow a short dance performance by Leonard Gayden and guests, beginning at 9pm.
Honey Pot Performance is a woman-focused collaborative committed to chronicling and interrogating Afro-diasporic feminist and fringe subjectivities amidst the pressures of contemporary global life. Their work draws upon a central notion found in performance studies, black feminist discourse and sociology: non-Western, everyday popular and/or folk forms of cultural performance are valuable sites of knowledge production and cultural capital for subjectivities that often exist outside of mainstream communities.
Price Point is a 90-minute multi-arts performance project exploring notions of fairness and balance, or the lack thereof, in today’s economic landscape through a mixture of the tragic and comic. The work illustrates connections between micro-stories of the economy’s impact on individual psyches/souls and macro-stories of its effects on global society. Built around ethnographic narratives set as movement, theater, and sound scores, Price Point illuminates stories of everyday citizens struggling to find a sense of direction, purpose, and value in the wake of an uncertain labor market. At its core the work explores the abstract question, “What is the value of living?” through the lived routines, ruptures, and embodiments of people who experience our current economy’s pressures and aftershocks daily.
Excerpts from PRICE POINT are featured in We’ll Make Out Better Than Okay, the exhibition currently on view at la Esquina, curated by Charlotte Street’s Curator-in-Residence Danny Oreondorff. For more about the exhibition, visit http://www.charlottestreet.org/2013/10/well-make-out-better-than-okay/.
Honey Pot Performance’s visit to Kansas City is made possible by a Radical Diva grant.