Excess in America is so commonplace that we only begin to take notice after it’s bogged us down. Our pack-rat culture continues to clutter our time, our environment, our families and our lives. When will we learn that more is less? This comic multi-media work features an original music score composed by Abby Aresty, live performance by five dancers, a dozen chairs, and ice cream along with projected video by Jesse Spielman and Smith.
“The multi-media piece ‘EXCESS’ blends the best facets of modern dance, film and sound. Five tiara-topped dancers wearing maid uniforms made of bubble wrap perform a routine with 17 wooden chairs as a disembodied voice recounts her visit to an acquaintance’s garbage-filled apartment. Behind them a film plays, showing gigantic, undulating piles of trash. I immediately started considering what I own that I don’t actually need.” — City Newspaper (Rochester, NY, 2006)
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Commissioned Original Music by: Abbey Aresty
Video Edited by: Jesse Spielman
Video Shot by: Speilman and Pfohl Smith
Narrated by: Doris Gould
Costumes by: Sandra Cain and Pfohl Smith