yes, this is she is a duet created and performed by Maddie Hopfield and Kayla Bobalek, inspired by today’s increasing onslaught of scam phone calls and the minefield of navigating contemporary communication. Maddie has been receiving dubious tax fraud phone calls for a while now. Kayla’s grandpa lost everything he had to telephone marketing schemes. Time and communication inside of relationships expands and contracts between phone calls and texting, as both of their families live far away (phone calls, voicemails, guilt), yet as collaborators they live and work together (texts, telepathy). With both frivolousness and gravity, Maddie and Kayla use speech and movement to investigate the intricately connected world of phones, family, and language.
this is the piece nearest and dearest to my heart. my first evening-length work, my first piece after college, my first piece in Philly. footage of this piece was lost. I cried about it a lot.
above images by lily kind
above images by izzy leung