Under The Influence

Paulette Phillips

1991, 60:00 minutes, colour, English


Under The Influence is a split screen videotape showing two angles of a live performance which took place on February 7, 1991, at the Lorne Building Toronto. The performance examines the nature of love and sex. Through the text the performers philosophically and emotionally deal with the concept of duality: female/male; will/instinct; animal/rational; control/passion. The main action occurs on a stage built like a giant teeter-toter, 12 ft. X 12ft. which requires the actors complete co-operation to balance. The performing area is mirrored and stands as a metaphor for the media-scape we inhabit.

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