Hall Of Nations, Kennedy Center
Washington DC, United States Of America
1 – 7 November 2010
We have long had an ambition to stage Of All The People In All The World at the United Nations headquarters in New York, where the rice would help government leaders to learn a little more about the world. We haven’t yet, but this visit to the Hall of Nations in Washington DC was quite close to the seat of power of one quite important person. The hall itself provided a beautiful setting for the show, with the rice reflected in its marble clad floors and walls and framed by the flags of the countries of the world with which the U.S. has diplomatic relations running along its sides. In a city where half the population work in politics the audience inevitably read the show as having a political agenda. Of course in many ways it is a political show – in the statistics we choose and the juxtapositions we make but it is also as much about telling stories about the world in which we all live. There were also many questions about sources and the validity of statistics which always lead to very engaging and thought provoking discussions.
The show was part of the On The Fringe:Eye On Edinburgh Festival which brought a number of previous Edinburgh shows to the city, including David Leddy, Lone Twin and The Traverse.
A really important work of art and performance. Bless you. This is a great thing.Audience Member
Performers: Chris Dugrenier, Jake Oldershaw, Kerrie Reading, Jack Trow.
Concept: James Yarker
General Manager: Charlotte Martin
Advisory Producer: Nick Sweeting
“Thank you so much for a wonderful vehicle for understanding the world around me. A great form of tangible art.”Audience Member
“Absolutely amazing! It helps put everything in perspective.”Audience Member
“This display is absolute genius! I make similar comparisons with my students but this effort beats it all. Superb and oh so necessary” Prof. of social science, retired.Audience Member
“It was very funny and interesting.”Audience Member
“Incredible, you showed some shocking truths.”Audience Member
“Absolutely brilliant! Find a way to show this to even more people than who walk these halls – it would do everyone some good.”Audience Member
“Beautiful and dreadful and haunting. Thank you.”Audience Member
“Brilliant, should be a continual exhibit here at the Ken. Cen.”Audience Member
“I second that. A very powerful and effective, perspective on the world, thank you.”Audience Member
“Very moving display. Really terrific.Audience Member