Sarah Jenny speaks with Ariel Federow about her upcoming performances July 21-23: details here.
SJ: Hi Ariel, I am really excited to interview you about your upcoming performance for Fame & Shame on the Lower East Side. Can you tell me a little bit about the piece?
Ariel: Totally! This is a work in progress showing of a larger piece I am working on about the ways in which we are vulnerable – all of the ways that things could go terribly wrong and why it is that they don’t. It’s a performance work that uses slapstick and clowning to open up these big questions – how do we make sense of a world of natural disasters, apocalyptic threats, and random death? And, really, how can we not, given that this is the world we live in?
SJ: How did you come to create this piece? What inspired it?
Ariel: You know, when I was 20 I had my first apartment in Seattle, all on my own, a seedy little ground-floor one-bedroom in the really, for real, uncool part of town I could afford.