This is a dance/ theater/ installation/ chance operation comprised of 30 segments presented in random order every night. Events include blind-folded wrestling, scenes from the TV show “V”, a lizard costume, and numerous attempts to force actual emotions out of the performers in real time, right in front of the audience. It is 40 to 55 minutes of mayhem and panic with a plot about possible invasion and some high energy dance numbers. There will be a Q&A with Dan Safer and members of the cast after each performance.
Witness Relocation formed in 2000 and is led by director/choreographer Dan Safer. The critically acclaimed company has created over ten original productions, engaged in a two-year residency at the renowned Patravadi Theatre in Bangkok, Thailand, and performed in theaters, nightclubs, rock videos, and on a Thai TV Soap Opera. They are based in New York City, and have worked internationally in France, Romania, Poland, Russia, Australia, Denmark, and Thailand as well as various cities across the U.S. Their work has been described as, “magnificent” (The New Yorker) and, “like going to your first punk rock show in the 1980’s. It was raw, it was racy. The company has been compared to Pina Bausch, Richard Foreman, and the Wooster Group, but Witness Relocation’s mobilization of the element of uncertainty, the sheer physical vitality of the performers, and the mixture of genres puts them more in line with Andre Serban, Jan Fabre, Frank Castorf and David Bowie.” (Performing Arts Journal).
Recent productions include the English language premiere of Toshiki Okada’s acclaimed “Five Days In March” – Witness Relocation’s production was called “marvelous” by Claudia La Rocco in the NY Times. Last spring the company premiered “Heaven On Earth” by Chuck Mee at La MaMa in NY and Les Subsistances in Lyon, France, and brought their hit show “Vicious Dogs On Premises” to Theater de Chaillot in Paris.
Witness Relocation has been described as “the physically intrepid company led by the misleadingly named Dan Safer” (The New Yorker) and Safer has been described as “a purveyor of lo-fi mayhem” (Helen Shaw, TimeOut NY).