Gentrification is at the center of “Sea of Common Catastrophe,” a meditative piece that combines theater, music and dance. It was developed by multidisciplinary company ArtSpot, which is based in New Orleans.
“Our work does not begin with a script,” said ArtSpot Artistic Director Kathy Randels in an interview with Lois Reitzes. “We start with an idea we want to explore …We, on some level, play in the sandbox for a year and then share our experiments.”
“Sea of Common Catastrophe” premiered in New Orleans last weekend, and Atlanta is its first stop. Randels said that they plan to personalize the performance to each city they visit to reflect the different issues surrounding gentrification. In Atlanta, that personalization comes in the form of traffic and unrelenting development around the city.
“The subject of gentrification is very bold and overtaking many cities across the United States and the globe,” said 7 Stages Artistic Director Heidi Howard. “The production is playful, nonlinear; there are tableau, music, movement, and it flows and washes over you.”
“Sea of Common Catastrophe” opens at 7 Stages on Feb. 2 and runs through Feb. 12.