NEW AGE ATTITUDES: LIVE IN CONCERT
Premiering at The Cultch's Femme Fest, May 2023
New Age Attitudes: Live in Concert is part pop-up book, part performance. Theatre-maker and musician Amanda Sum de-digitizes her identity-drenched indie-pop album into a handmade book. Each audience member is given a personalized book to silently read together. Filled with sonic descriptions and humorous invitations, the pop-up book guides audience members through a new way of listening and receiving.
New Age Attitudes: Live in Concert is neither a musical nor a straight concert. Shifting the traditional structure of a music concert by using collective reading as a backbone, this lo-fi performance prioritizes introvertedness and celebrates awkwardness. Amanda rearranges her debut album, New Age Attitudes, to craft a new narrative that demands your gentle devotion.
Commissioned by Theatre Replacement as part of the COLLIDER Artists Residency. A book only version, which was mailed or hand delivered to people’s homes, was first created as part of PushOFF’s Idea Commission series in 2021, and in 2022, Amanda evolved this idea into a live performance piece.
Created, crafted and performed by Amanda Sum with direction by TR’s Artistic Director, Maiko Yamamoto.
New Age Attitudes: Live in Concert
May 11-14, 2023
THE CULTCH HISTORIC THEATRE