Random Scream

Too Shy To Stare

In the 2013-2014 season Davis Freeman / Random Scream will collaborate with different cities to create new versions of his celebrated piece Too shy to stare. Developed over the pass 9 years in Europe, Too shy to Stare is a unique two-hour performance for only 10 audience members at a time. In order to see the performance, the audience needs to have their photograph taken a day before they see the performance. We then develop these photos and wear the pictures in masks we wear over our face during the show. Too shy to stare then creates the unique illusion that audience is actually performing for themselves. In each new version I come to the city and cast the show with all local dancers. Using the set choreography as a base we’ll develop a new version, which again will be entirely unique. I promise you it will be a piece that you’ve never seen before.

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In each of our past shows we've had very strong reactions from the audience. Some people cry while others can’t stop laughing. What makes ”Too shy to stare” unique is that every audience member is affected differently depending on their own psychological make up. The material we made gives general directions but the specific gestures are open doors for the audience to interpret their own way depending on their life experience. While one sees the ”couple scene” to represent their male and female side, another sees their parents. While one sees the music scene as a moment of internal meditation another person might see his or her own funeral. The performers themselves repeat their same scene for all the audience members while each time changing their masks. Once they have performed their last scene each performer joins the audience in the bar where they then ask questions and share their experience of the show.

Concept and Direction: Davis Freeman

Music and Performance: Gerrit Valckenaers , Davis Freeman and invited guests.


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