The entire 36,000 square foot former welding shop has been transformed into a performance space—the Flesh World—where the audience assists K-Low, a lost and uneasy soul sorting out a life on its way to reincarnation. K-Low, searches for meaning and truth for a life spent, becoming an undercover spy in the spirit world. She calls upon the spirits, assembling an anthropomorphic team, Mister Joe and Jimmy Mac as protectors. Her older self and male other half also help her, but K-Low must find her own way, make her own decisions, and like us all, discover her own destiny.
Audiences for each performance will be limited to 30 people to provide an intimacy and quality of interaction as K-Low moves through the scenes important for her transformation. Scenes include: an office, an interrogation cell, a motel room, a clothing store, a café, a room of words and symbols, a forest, and an island.
Presented by a progressive new collective called Dead White Zombies, Flesh World is less about nakedness and more about life on Earth...an interactive-art-performance-play about K-Low, a lost soul trying to make sense of life while on her path to reincarnation. Along the way she becomes an undercover spy in the spirit world and consults the audience regarding her destiny. It all takes place in a 36,000-square-foot former welding shop where every inch has been transformed.
The installations are marvelous curiosities filled with sights, sound, and things...
Flesh World keeps it real, real meta. The obscure story drops viewers into a disorienting world and demands they work to uncover their own conclusions and to form interpretations based on few narrative clues. I've yet to figure out portions - the delineations between the spiritual realm and the protagonist's own psyche - and the fact that it's still on my mind speaks to the impression it imparts.
The Grand Experiment: A lot's been made of Flesh World, the unconventional theater piece currently being performed by Dead White Zombies...catch one of the final shows this weekend.
Art & Seek, KERA
Flesh World isn't like anything else you're liable to see elsewhere in town.
Dallas Morning News
I found the performance profoundly grounding, in an unexpected way. I saw it as a poetic, harmonious offering of paradigm realignment and shifted perceptions, reincarnations, as you say…the grounded peacefulness it engenders in its audience, even as the heroine is going through a painful re-imagining with violence and sexual tension haunting her. The piece invites its audience to step through the portal gently; it does not threaten or demand engagement or grab anyone by the throat.
I watched the body language of attendees throughout. It's as though they entered a quietly meditative state, became more relaxed as the show unfolded, led by the structure and ambiance of the work. I found my own breath becoming slower and deeper, and I felt more connected on a tactile level to each reality that enveloped us. It seemed my vision became sharper.
Alexandra Bonifield, Critical Rant
Riccio comes from a long line of contemporary writers — Harold Pinter to Erik Ehn, Richard Foreman to John O’Keefe — whose surreal approach avoids, or at least subverts, the conventions of linear storytelling…If you can just sit back and enjoy the strangeness, if you don’t need to know what happened and why, his work pays off in other ways.
Art and Seek, KERA
- Year Created: 2012
- Submitted to ArtBase: Wednesday May 23rd, 2012
- Original Url: http://www.deadwhitezombies.com/
- Thomas_Riccio, primary creator
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