Everyone (2007)

Everyone is about the world right now and right now and right now. Nothing is interesting. Everything is interesting. This is a huge failure. Nothing works. Nothing is going anywhere. There is nowhere to go. Everything is perfect. Everything is a perfect mess. I know now. I know who this is for. This is for us. This is for me. This is for everyone.

A group piece for nine performers, Everyone examines the wonder of embodiment and the phenomenon of realizing that you are one among many. The performers create a hyper presence, a more "now" than "now" can be, by engaging in a series of simple physical actions, spoken text and song that accumulate to create collective energy, a filling in of the invisible lines of connection between the performers, the audience and the public beyond the theater.

Created by Miguel Gutierrez in collaboration with Anna Azrieli, Michelle Boulé, Abby Crain, Isabel Lewis, Daniel Linehan, Otto Ramstad and Elizabeth Ward
Live music created and performed by Chris Forsyth
Lighting by Lenore Doxsee
Text and song by Miguel Gutierrez
Recorded music by Gino Vannelli
Additional text and song by Paul Virilio and Steve Kurtz, from Creative Time’s Who Cares, and Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence
Duration: 75 minutes
Videography by Character Generators

The creation of Everyone was made possible, in part, with funds from the Danspace Project 2006-07 Commissioning Initiative with support from the Mid-Size Presenting Organizations Initiative, implemented by the Nonprofit Finance Fund and funded by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Everyone is also a commission from Springdance Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands and is created with support from the NEA, Jerome Foundation, Rockefeller MAP Fund, The Josephine Foundation, a Lambent Fellowship from the Tides Foundation and from individual donations. Support for the music comes from The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Everyone was developed at residencies at the Ensemble Studio Theater's Lexington Center for the Arts, the Maggie Allessee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) and DTW's Outer Space program.

background and performance photos by Alex Escalante