Rain Dogs

Type Performance
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCardiff
PublisherChapter Arts Centre
Publication statusPublished - 2002
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Abstract

'Rain dogs' was presented at Chapter, Cardiff, supported by a production grant of £15,000 from the Arts Council of Wales. The work being realised in collaboration with Mike Pearson and Welsh playwright Ed Thomas, and presented under the umbrella of Brookes and Pearson's performance collective 'Pearson/Brookes'.

A studio performance event, re-examining strategies for the generation and reading of narrative - both off and onto the city - through the live manipulation and combination of specific threads of location video, narrative text, police CCTV footage and documentation. Layering live material, including thirty 1min texts delivered live by their authors, against the performed texts and actions of ten male actors present only on film.

Research questions included:
How can the dramaturgy of performance be constituted as a purposeful assemblage of mediated fragments - both video and audio – created elsewhere, at another time?
How might new viewpoints be made available for an audience, through the use of CCTV for instance?
In what ways can combinations of live and recorded material be juxtaposed, layered and orchestrated in the creation of performative meaning?