What I think about when I think about fun

Kate and three other performers enter the stage, carrying among them a large, white nylon parachute. Each of them moves to a corner of the stage, holding an edge of the parachute. In the center of the stage is a bare lightbulb, turned on.

They ripple the parachute among them for a few moments. Then they raise their arms up, and quickly pull them back down, filling the parachute with air. They do this a few times.

During one of the times they fill the parachute with air, Kate counts out loud “one, two, three,” and all four of them step inside the ring of the parachute. They pull the parachute down to the ground and sit on the edge of the parachute while it is still lifted with air. Their shadows are visible to the audience, so the performers wave and gesture.

The performers do this a few more times, each time gesturing more bizarrely than the last. Then they pause.

Kate: [to audience] Would anyone like to take my place?

Kate selects a member of the audience to take her place, and then sits down on the stage to watch. The audience member goes through the parachute activities a few times with the remaining performers.

Then another performer asks if another member of the audience would like to take their place. An audience member is selected, and the performer sits down at another vantage point on the stage. The new audience member goes through the parachute activities.

This replacement cycle continues until all of the performers have been replaced, and the four audience members have played one round of parachute activities on their own.

Then, it will be up to the audience members if they will ask anyone in the audience to take their place and continue the cycle.

If the audience members ask other members of the audience to take their place, the piece continues while it is still fun.


If the audience members don’t ask other members of the audience to take their place, the piece continues while the performers feel it is still fun to watch.