"Traditional theatre struggles with relevance everyday. What is so exciting about your Princes of Surf exhibit is that as you said it was a bridge to community and it allowed active ownership and participation by a community invested in the objects. As performing artists we cross that bridge when we are in the rehearsal room as we get to feel a part of something bigger than our individual selves, creating something that matters to all of us. As we invite the audience into participation, we want to honor the past as a relevant ancestor of present passions and struggles. Bated Breath thinks that one of the problems in the relevance of American theatre is that most people don’t want to sit anonymously in the dark, watching stories that have little resonance with the deepest desires, wishes, and internal conflicts that each of us is marinating. So, we make our pieces short, viscerally gripping (in a way that feels dangerous) therefore you don’t WANT to check your phone, and participatory. We create a communal event that brings us out of the individual cyber-sphere and connects the audience with what’s happening in the present moment in space.
And what’s so exciting about our work with museums in particular is that we break down the invisible, if inevitable barrier between the audience and the material on exhibit through interpretive performance that engages almost all of the senses and brings relevance to exhibits without explanation. In this way we create lasting memories of an experience that is emotional, aesthetically arresting, includes audience as agent, is alive and direct."