Runtime: 90 mins
After a sold-out run at Pioneer Works last summer, this hilariously bleak tale of human arrogance in today’s age of consumerism-driven climate change is back by popular demand! Dynasty Handbag’s Titanic Depression is a parody of James Cameron’s Hollywood hit “Titanic,” the live multimedia event combines animation, video, soundscapes, and improvisation, bringing to life the story of the unsinkable ship that strikes an iceberg on its maiden voyage and sinks. This disaster became a potent symbol of the haves versus the have-nots.
Handbag plays various characters in the film, such as “Rose,’’ who sparks a torrid, interspecies romance with “Jack,” a mute octopus escaping the warming seas by stowing away on the ship disguised as a giant ladies hat. While the iceberg melts in balmy weather before the Titanic reaches it, the vessel goes down anyway in a tour de force of nonsensical, collective doom—a tragicomedy of our own making that no amount of metal straws or fastidiously-sorted recycling will fix.
Don’t miss out on this unforgettable performance that will leave you thinking about the consequences of our actions. At a time of climate crisis on seemingly every front, “levity arises out of the sheer pressure cooker of the era we are collectively experiencing,” as Handbag has noted.
Presented in partnership with Under the Radar, Mark Russell, Festival Director & ArKtype, Festival Producer. More information at utrfest.org
NYLA Live Artery Festival Production Credits (January 2024)
Written, Performed, and Directed by Jibz Cameron
Visual Director / Editor : Mariah Garnett
Production Manager: Reilly Horan
Video/Sound Supervisor Editor: James Bennet
Lighting Designer: Serena Wong
Lighting Associate: LD DeArmon
Pioneer Works Production Credits (World Premiere, May 2023)
Original Technical Director / Sound Designer: Chloe Alexandra Thompson
Dramaturg: Sacha Yanow
Co-Writer / Producer: Amanda Verwey
Animation: Amy Von Harrington
Original Lighting Designer: Dylan Phillips
Co-conceived with Sue Slagle (SUE-C)
Producer: Tyler Rai
Drawings: Jibz Cameron
Additional Sound Design: Jibz Cameron
Additional Video Editing: James Bennet, Scotty Slade Wager
Visual Production Assistant: Val Toranto
Titanic Depression was commissioned by Pioneer Works and curated by David Everitt Howe. It was co-presented by New York Live Arts as part of Live Ideas 2023: Planet Justice. The performance is made possible with support from Creative Capital, The Guggenheim Foundation, Ballroom Marfa, Center for Performance Research, Chorus Foundation, and MacDowell.