Dystopia - This is one of the most prevalent genres out there right now.
It can be terrifying and yet exhilarating to turn over fortune's stones and see what sort of dilemmas and decisions lie in wait for us, for our children.
There is a catharsis, a sort of power in turning storytelling attention to the future. What sort of determental issues and ideas are we dancing along the edges of? What are the potential tragedies of tomorrow and how can we avoid or unfortuantely enable the various appendages of Apocalypse?
As a storyteller, I find these sort of tales haunt and resonate with me more than others. And, over the following weeks, I'll be attempting to find out who online within the theatrosphere not only agrees, but is open to online collaborating to find out what sort of tales of foreboding various members of the theatrosphere have to tell.
Some things I know already, the process of making this work will be extremely transparent. Along with all the navel gazing and Favorite Things This Week (Returning next week BTW), this blog will be dedicated to forging and documenting an alliance online of storytellers... creating a method, a venue, a world, where we can tell these stories in multiple mediums, but all the while attempting to bring this back to the realm of the live event...I would say theatre but that term might be loaded enough that it turns off certain sorts of creative thinking...so, it could be a theatrical event, it could be song cycles, dada screed, butoh, ballet, or a sock puppet show about the Apocalypse so long as each tale eventually gets told in multiple mediums, the ultimate one being the live event performed on the empty space in front of a live audience.
The first steps might seem self-evident but lets start talking about them anyway. What comes to mind when you think Dystopia? How would you define it? What sort of dystopian tales fascinate you? Or if dystopia doesn't appeal to you as a venue for storytelling...why? What about the genre's trappings are problematic for you?
Who's up for it? Don't make me hunt you down now...