the time of the greatest change in society’s view of the 21st century.
“Safe As Houses” is a new project from artist and composer Chris Strouth and Paris1919, and a whole mess of other folks. It is a multimedia music and installation event, set to run in the New Century Theater, September 4-6, 2014. “Safe as Houses” examines the transitory nature of contemporary life through installation, modern dance and video in a piece that explores the question of personal and economic safety: what does safety actually mean? And can we ever really find it? “Safe As Houses” asks a lot of questions, and gives back some abstract truths.
Paris1919 is : Erick Anderson-Keys, Randall Davidson- Cello, Drew Miller-Bass, Tim Ritter-Bass,Electronics, Mykl Westbrooks - Guitar, Eric White - Drumming, Conducted and Chris Strouth
Choreography By Deborah Jinza-Thayer
Dancers: Taylor E Shevey, Evy Muench, Missa Kes, Non Edwards, Sharon Picasso, Margaret E Johnson.
Guest Vocals: Christian Erickson, Mayda Miller, Alan Subola & Janie Winterbauer,
A house. It’s a home, it’s family, it’s memory and it’s our definition of ourselves. It is the physical backdrop of our lives, a psychological and spiritual center. “Safe as Houses” explores the tension between safety, and the economic realities, and the constant change of modern life that can tear away at the very fabric of that safety. “Safe As Houses” is a multisensory experience using song, music, movement, installation, and video to create something larger than the sum of its parts.
At its core, “Safe As Houses” is about safety both real and metaphorical. What does safety look like when everything is in a rapid state of flux, and the truths that used to be self-evident are blurred by information and fogged by nostalgia?
This show is designed to be an immersive experience, greater than the sum of any one part. It explores universal themes of place and home in an installation that is the theater itself, constructed from cardboard and brought to life through the talents and energy of over 40 musicians, dancers, artists and crafts people. We want to create an experience that is abstract and emotional, yet readily identifiable; we want to create magic.