Premiere New York Premiere
Country of Origin United States
Description An abstract exploration of a visceral issue, Sō Percussion’s A Gun Show uses music, text, and movement to consider the question: “what is it about our collective psyche that fastens so tightly to guns?” The group began the production as a way to process the unfathomable school shootings in Newtown, CT. The four members of Sō Percussion—Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting—take center stage alongside Emily Johnson, choreographer of the evening’s gestural movement vocabulary, against a backdrop of deer in a bucolic setting. The collective’s signature copious, often unconventional, array of percussive objects—here including a decommissioned Russian army rifle—line the sides of a raked stage. The music reflects the ensemble’s sonic associations with American gun culture, ranging from militaristic rhythms to mournful blues. An additional corps of eight swap out and play instruments and serve as a Greek chorus, stand-ins for an audience invited to reflect and commune with the performers on this complex topic.