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Optical Chicken: a Music and Dance Collaboration

  • The Electric Maid 268 Carroll St NW Washington, D.C. (map)

Join choreographer and dancer Heidi McFall, dancer Grace Tietz, and clarinetist Natalie Groom for an exploratory music and dance collaboration.

Optical Chicken explores the absurdity of social interactions, the intimacy of private moments, and the spectrum of strangeness in between. Like chickens, we are engaged in “games” dictated by arbitrary social constructs. Our well-being depends on our ability to play the game. In this piece, the performers test the limits of social gaming, highlighting their own strangeness and peculiarities.

“Optical” alludes to gaze behavior—how the act of looking changes both the viewer and the object being viewed in a powerful way. This is referenced in the opening readings from Optical Distortion, Inc., a Harvard Business School case study about contact lenses for chickens. Along with musical references to the Chicken Dance, it is a happy coincidence (or is it?) that these disjunct elements demonstrate the absurdity of the social.

This show takes places at the Electric Maid in Takoma, D.C. at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29. Stop by to meet our artists and participate in the experience!

Earlier Event: November 26
Wavelength Winds at The Kennedy Center