Conceived by Genevieve Bernard
Presented at Orange Studio
The poster SAID 7:30, so I arrived early only to be sent back out into the Mills Avenue heat to visit the vinyl shop up the road and chat with another record collector. After a while, I went back and was deemed entry and a cold beer. The currently named “Orange Studio” is a big empty warehouse; you really can’t miss its college football color scheme. Inside, it’s a sort of film studio; in one corner is a large cyclorama, in another a bar, in the third the comfy couch and a small piece of shag carpet. Doug Rhodehamel mobiles hang from the rafters; they are made from artfully recreated color samples from a major hardware chain. Near one wall DJ Nigel John is spinning vinyl, because what’s hipper than a 30 year obsolete audio system? Under foot, we have concrete. Lots of concrete and that’s the major flaw with this space: It’s LOUD.
Ken Nordine was a jazz guy and spoken word artist; although when he was working most people called that skill set “voice over.” He did tons of ads, including a series for a paint company that took each color and gave it a clever personality. These ads were so popular people called in to radio stations to request them. Now THAT’S advertising success. The Voci troupe adapted these audio bon-bons into a popular dance piece in last year’s Fringe, and here it is again in a bigger space. Seating is limited and standing a chore; fortunately the show is split up by DJ sets and we can sneak onto the couches that the dancers work on.
Nordine gave the colors a voice; Voci gives them life. Olive is thrilled to be “Color of the Year”, Gold insists on an armed guard. Gray strikes a balance between White and Black; they in their turn seek extremes. Amber packs some heat, Blue and Yellow tem up to make Green, Green in turn spans Chartreuse. It’s an ideal world; no death or taxes or commuting pains, only hip digital projections and overwhelming rhythm. It is Art, and Art with a capital “A.”
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