The Consumption Series

(70 minutes)
Premiere: May 6, 2010
Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory - San Francisco, CA

The Consumption Series, made site-specifically for Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, was the culmination of two years of research, experimentation, and performance, investigating the relationships between consumers and consumables.  The Consumption Series looks at how humans can be both consumers of products, food, etc., while sometimes simultaneously being consumed themselves by desire, diseases, and emotionally hysterical states, amongst others. The Consumption Series: Part II, any earlier iteration of the project, included a 173-location tour to every WalMart in California.

The Consumption Series received support from Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory, SAFEhouse, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Theatre Bay Area/Dancers' Group CA$H Grants, and FACT/SF’s individual donors.

Choreography: Charles Slender-White in collaboration with the performers

Performers: Justin Andrews, Erin Kraemer, Catherine Newman, Charles Slender-White

Music: Frog Pocket, Lady Gaga, Dandy Warhols, Aphex Twin, Frédéric Chopin, and Arvo Pärt

Lighting & Set Design: Charles Slender-White

Costume Design: Melissa Castaneda

Image by Ariel Soto-Suver