Warped and Wept is an interview-based multimedia performance that examines masculinity and crying. It was originally developed by myself, Michael Malis, and Costa Sirdenis in a one month Artist Hub residency at the Carr Center in Detroit, MI. The piece draws on hour‐long conversations with 8 masculine‐identifying Detroit interviewees of various backgrounds and ages. Audio excerpts from their intimate articulations about their relationship with masculinity and with crying are interwoven with live improvised music, movement, animation, installation, and electroacoustic sound design. The piece is an invitation to audiences to engage in their own conversations about masculinity and crying; to examine vulnerability in a realm where in our culture it is often stigmatized.
Warped and Wept was performed in Detroit (The Carr Center), Toronto (Burdock), and Montréal (La Plante) in Fall 2015. Stay tuned for more performances to come in 2016.