Janitor of Lunacy: a Filibuster

The filibuster is a political tactic for a minority voice to delay passage of a generally polemic law in the United States Senate. Senators essentially “talk a bill to death,” speaking until the end of that day’s voting session and forcing its rescheduling to a later date. The senator must speak constantly. He or she may not leave to go to the bathroom, and may support themselves on a lectern with their hands, but not their elbows. Many senators prepare physically and wear sneakers and diapers to be able to manage the demands of these choreographic restraints written into United States constitutional law. 

My filibuster will be a long-format monologue, lasting between 6-8 hours and performed in theaters and galleries. The duration of the text will influence its form, allowing for long tangents and derivations. As audience members will be invited to leave the performance space and re-enter as they please, their movements will construct a personal reconfiguration of the text. I will touch on a range of concerns relative to our current political moment: the presidency of Donald Trump; police violence; post-marriage homophobia, queerphobia, and transphobia; race and culture clashes after recent terror attacks and the refugee crisis; our collective molecular penetration by the pharmaceutical industry; the contemporary producer/consumer born of internet shopping, amateur pornography, and the sharing economy; etc. The performance will navigate vastly different scales of human experience, from the very global to the very personal, exposing a contemporary body inhabiting a range of affects and tones: humour and gravitas, confidence and fragility, matters of intense vitality and stupid bullshit dick jokes.


Concept, Text and Performance Bryan Campbell

Outside Eye (for the French version) Loup
Outside Eye (for the English version) Jacob Peter Kovner

Technical Direction TBC

Musical Arrangements Jo Seilman
Production Météores



Coproduction : Les Bazis (09), Le Pacifique CDCN Grenoble Auvergne Rhône Alpes, Centre national de la danse (Pantin)

Résidencies : Espace Pasolini, Emmetrop Bourges , Montévidéo, Créations Contemporaines - Atelier de Fabrique Artistique ; La Métive, lieu inter- national de résidence de création artistique ; Théâtre Le Vent des Signes avec le soutien de la Ville de Toulouse ; Théâtre Garonne, workspacebrussels ; La Tierce, La Manufacture Atlantique, La Zouze   ; Pact Zollverein ; Honolulu-Nantes

This project benefited from the writing aid of the association Beaumarchais-SACD.

Showings of the Work in Progress
Praxis #8 / La Tierce – La Manufacture Atlantique (Bordeaux) – March 16 2017
Lazy Life (Vienne AT) – July 20 2017
Déprogrammation – La Manufacture Atlantique (Bordeaux) – November 18 2017

Les Mercredis de Montévidéo - Montévidéo (Marseille) – May 30 2018

Théâtre du Vent de Signes (Toulouse) – June 8 2018

Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse) - October 12 2019

Festival (DÉCA)danse, Théâtre de Vanves, March 14 2020 (cancelled)

Emmetrop, Bourges – November 5 novembre 


Le Pacifique CDCN Grenoble-Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Grenoble – November 21 2020 (AVANT-PREMIERE) - cancelled

Next Festival - Espace Pasolini (Valenciennes) - November 28 novembre 2020 (PREMIERE) - cancelled / repport in winter 2021


Image : ©Bernie Sanders by Scott Olson, James Stewart by Frank Capra, Wendy Davis by Bob Daemmrich, Bryan Campbell by Yves-Noël Genod                              

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