Freak on a Leash

Bridget Moser

2016, 29:42 minutes, colour, english

TAPECODE 2093.35

Performance with IKEA Poäng chair and footrest, poodle watering can, Air Pants, and inflatable tube man or "Air Dancer."

"The aims of her practice [are] intrinsically rooted in the basic need of a performer to bring out an affective connection with the viewer. You could say it is her way of coping with our present condition, where an encyclopedic stream of inputs from REDDIT to ubuweb to the Guardian to James Joyce can come to gain equal traction within artistic traditions of movement and bodily practice. Using a deft wit as her filter, she sifts through the endless barrage of inputs, finding subtle ways to subvert the position of a typical consumer, so that finally she embraces the mundane (a chair) the kitschy (pink pants) and the obviously strange (a plastic poodle watering can) with equal measures of imagination.

Depsite borrowing deeply from prop comedy and traditional theatre in certain aspects of her methodology, Moser remains comfortable with the articulation of meaninglessness, resisting the urge to repeat formulaic narrative arcs. She is meanwhile able to keep us morphing along with her as she shifts between guilty pleasures and sincere research. Her balancing act is maintained through careful choreography (soundtrack, props and actions) and her ability to act as a conduit for all manner of accumulated thoughts and feelings." -Allison Collins, Bodily Articulations in the Age of the Mail-order Poodle Watering Canx

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