Hold My Hand and We’re Halfway There
An interactive performance installation involving four televisions, 12 headsets, a sturdy bed and over 100 classic musicals
Short Documentary about Hold My Hand and We’re Halfway There, in New York City, by Suzanne Hillinger:
Hold My Hand and We’re Halfway There is an interactive performance installation, uses four televisions, 12 headsets, a sturdy bed and over 100 classic musicals to explore issues of isolation, community, secret pleasures and the age-old question, When are you alone and when are you lonely? Hold My Hand links Depression- era Dance Marathons, where contestants danced until they dropped in pursuit of fame and fortune, to young boys dancing in their bedroom after school, where they too dance until they dropped, often hoping for fame and fortune.
The average duration of Hold My Hand and We’re Halfway There is four hours – in the New York City edition of the performance, Brian danced non-stopped for 8 hours a day for 5 days, the equivalent of an average work week. The piece is both fun and frightening, exhausting and exhilarating and a reflection on loneliness, labor, and labors of love. Hold My Hand and We’re Halfway There reminds us that, even in these frightening economic times, the best things in life are still free.
Previous tour dates include: Live at The Scala | Bangkok, supported by the British Council (2013) | Carpe Diem | Lisbon (2015) | Santarcangelo Festival | Italy (2013) | British Film Institute | London (2013), Recyclart for Nuit Blanche | Brussels (2012) | Swing Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council | New York City (2009), Sadler’s Wells | London (2009), Forest Fringe | Edinburgh (2009), Supper Club at The Basement | Brighton (2009 & 2011), Shunt Vaults | London (2008/2009), Queen Mary | London (2008)
Read a feature in the Tribeca Tribune about the installation in New York
Hold My Hand and We’re Halfway There at Shunt Vaults, London: