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Nature & Purpose

From 26 member reviews
Members say: Edgy, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing

About the show

An exploration of the idea of ‘art’ as seen through the works of two radical creators, with two short works, focusing on abstract expressionist ​Jackson Pollock and the controversial performance artist ​Chris Burden​. More…

'Pollock: A Frequency Parable​' is a 30 minute avant operatic sound performance piece inspired by famed painter Jackson Pollock. The play re-conceptualizes key elements used in Pollock’s revolutionary style of art making — such as energy, motion, scale, and improvisation — presenting a challenge to both the performer and the audience to free the voice from the confines of form and language, allowing it to transcend tradition and be experienced for its potential.

'​A Beast/A Burden' combines contemporary theatrical staging with recreations of some of Burden’s most controversial and exciting multimedia and performance pieces, chronicling the life of the young artist, with Burden himself serving as the meandering and sometimes unreliable narrator of his own story.



35
Excruciating, Confusing, Banal

See it if you enjoy aggressive performance art.

Don't see it if you seek clear narratives or comfortable seats/leg room (practically none exists).

30
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Intense

See it if You enjoy one-man shows that lean toward abstract, non linear performances.

Don't see it if You enjoy story driven plot or are hoping to learn about either artist. The show consists of wordless song and spare monologues.


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