Conveying the power of perspective and appreciation, ka·nei·see | collective presents Readymade, an evening-length dance inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s art theory by the same title. An hour long, the show involves ten performers, commissioned costume, scene, and lighting design, original choreography by Tanya Chianese, and over 600 rolls of toilet paper.
In 1917 Duchamp turned a porcelain urinal on its side at an esteemed exhibition and titled it Fountain. He did nothing to the object except present it for contemplation. The infuriated art world argued that dignifying commonplace objects did not make them works of art. Duchamp’s actions prompted a philosophical movement that challenged society’s idea of what art should be and how we view the world.
Now a century later as society becomes ever more reliant on our technological existence, Duchamp’s theory of the readymade is relevant today more than ever because it reminds us to acknowledge our surroundings, and in turn our lives, with a positive, open-minded lens. Readymade is not about Duchamp’s work, but instead aims to invoke his iconic idea of do-it-yourself power to reshape one’s own life by changing how we view things.