Authority Figure was a social psychology experiment that used choreography, sound and installation to elicit emotional response from the audience. Mirabile and Kinlaw have brought together six choreographers, seven installation artists, original sound compositions by various musicians as well as a cast of 150+ performers to create a performance that motivates the audience to consider relationships to authority, obedience and each other. We are asking ourselves and the audience to be conscious of relationships to police, big data, and surveillance as it mingles with the complexity of our psychology in regard to power dynamics.
During each two-hour show, groups of twenty were directed into the space every twenty minutes. Each individual faced different durational and emotional challenges corresponding to the entry time and driven by intentional choreography. The performance began with ticket sales. In order to secure admission at all, the audience must first take the “Personality of Endurance Quiz” to determine which entry bracket will be most appropriate for their experience.
The performance brings together choreography by Sigrid Lauren (Fluct), India Salvor Menuez, Juri Onuki, Colin Self, Richard Kennedy, and Tara-Jo Lewis; installations by Jen Monroe (Bad Taste), Ilana Savdie, Kathleen Dycaico, Jerome Bwire, Signe Pierce, Yulan Grant, and Michael Potvin (Nitemind Creative); music by Devonte Hynes (Blood Orange), Dan Deacon, SOPHIE, Travis Egedy (PICTUREPLANE), Ian Drennan, Nick Koenig (HOT SUGAR), DJ NJ Drone, and Caroline Polachek.