RUNNING UP A SKYSCRAPER

 

I will run up a skyscraper as fast as I can.  When I get to the top, I will be in some pain and out of breath.  

According to those who do this kind of thing on a regular basis, my lungs will hurt as much as my legs, as my body goes through a 12-15 minute condensed version of a triathlon.  At the top, I will present a performance lecture, Running Up A Skyscraper.  

 

The audience will take the lift. 

 

This site-specific solo work involves both spectacle and intimacy, both the ‘real’ and the performed with an endurance performance followed by absurd stream of consciousness Powerpoint riff.

 

The show begins with the audience meeting me at ground level and following a brief introduction.  I then proceed to run to the top of a tall, city skyscraper as fast as I can.  The audience is ushered via the elevators to the top floor of the building where a presentation space with lectern, projector, PA, seating and, most importantly, catering awaits. 

 

Depending on the height of the building, the run will take between 12-15 minutes (an estimate based on the average times of the Eureka Climb event, my moderate level of fitness and planned stair running training preparation).  While awaiting my arrival at the top, the audience witnesses the ascent  via a live video and audio feed.  At the same time, the audience is made comfortable with light refreshments and encouraged to eat and drink and enjoy the view.

 

When I finally reaches the top, the audience take their seats and I launch straight into a 30 minute presentation on skyscrapers, the sport of ‘tower running’, sacrifice, competition, individualism, capitalism, and online health gurus, in an attempt to give an engaging and informative talk, while in an induced state of elation and exhaustion.

 

Event Duration: 60 min

First performed on the 89th floor of Eureka Tower, Melbourne as part of Field Theory’s performance series, Site is Set, September 2015.