THE PERILS OF OBEDIENCE is a trans-disciplinary approach to the seduction of power. Inspired by Stanley Milgram's 1961 psychological experiments, the project confronts established sets of rules and cultivates the conditions for unscripted consequences. THE PERILS OF OBEDIENCE merges different media and challenges notions of social rules, participating in a larger debate about labor conditions and subjectivity.
The project places a cast of performers within fictional and non-fictional parameters, using material from iconic movie scripts, narratives from their own lives, manifestos, and historical and recent events. While being filmed, four performers are directed towards the completion of a scene. Situated in a conflict, the actors will reveal their inner desires and the power dynamics behind the group. The project blurs the line between the subject and the character, the fiction and non-fiction. The audience witnesses at the same time the performance and the making of a movie.
THE PERILS OF OBEDIENCE is taking shape over a multi-year, multi-venue process conceived and led by artist Itziar Barrio.
Bilbao Theater and Contemporary Dance Festival
2010 - 2011