The Bushwick Starr presents a cycle of sacred love songs for the era of Internet Romance, a meditation on selfhood and intimacy in a mediated society. More…
Three officiants perform an elaborate courtship ritual inside a kaleidoscopic video tent. The event is accompanied by live music and text taken from online dating profiles, Internet scams, how-to dating guides, and the works of ecstatic poets. 'Swipe Right / ROKÉ Cupid' attempts to imbue our modern search for love with a forgotten spiritual resonance. The fifth installment in a series that began with 'The Art of Luv (Part 1): Elliot' at the 2016 Under the Radar festival.
"An emotional powder keg that is unfortunately dampened by the obscure ritual of this peculiar attraction...Certain moments in 'Part 5' come close to the thrill of revelation...Other bits feel gimmicky...Champions of the unapologetically weird will undoubtedly be drawn to ROKE and its latest happening, a Straight Outta Oberlin synthesis of the sacred and profane that will secretly bore you even though everyone around you seems really into it." Full Review
"The more legible parts confer ceremonial dignity on the undignified rite of the blind-ish date, but the sequences don’t accrete into anything much. As a rehearsal-room experiment, it works. As a finished work, not really. Most of it feels like a doofy attempt at sex magic, Aleister Crowley for hipsters...'ROKÉ Cupid,' only rarely connects with its audience...Most of the solipsistic interaction is between performer and video, which might, with just a little more articulation be the point." Full Review
See it if you can relax, laugh and listen to wide-ranging commentary on the art of love in the age of mobile dating; this is not a play.. just playful
Don't see it if you want a story arch, character development, or fast-paced excitement: this is not those. Note seats get uncomfortable after 90 min
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