Saturday, July 11, 2009

God's Elect: Performance featuring Reverend Billy and Savi D

The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics presents:

Performance with Rev Billy and Savi D

followed by a discussion and reception

Thursday, July 16th
7:00 pm
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

New York, NY 10003

Reverend Billy and his Church of Life After Shopping mix street theater and grassroots activism to critique consumerism. According to his website, Reverend Billy "moved to New York City in 1994, where (he) began his career with the other sidewalk preachers on Times Square. Specializing in exorcisms of sweatshop companies, and opposing the Disneyfication of the neighborhood, he set up his portable pulpit at the door of the Mouse. Soon, 'moral soap operas,' also called 'Retail Interventions' were staged inside the chain stores, principally Disney, the GAP, Nike, and Starbucks. (He) was soon accompanied by singers, and began staging whole 'Worships' in the tradition of ritual-based interactive plays..."

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