We are witnessing the birth of a new genre of artistic performance. The pandemic has forced musicians, actors, and creative people of every type to rethink how they deliver performances to audiences, whether it be online or in limited spaces, and with what use of new technology. And to do all of this, without losing sight of the real mission, which is to make people feel better for a couple of hours, and help them process whatever is going on in their lives. As my guest in this episode Jason Slavick likes to put it, “Artists are the first responders of the soul”.
As the artistic director of Liars & Believers Theater Company, Jason passionately believes that it’s our calling to standup in this moment of history, and keep everything from going completely dark, both for artists and the public. Jason talks with Vinay Kumar about how he turned his company’s production of original live shows that included live music, movement, mask, puppet, video, clown, and aerialists, into a multi sensory, visceral theater experience, including taste and smell, that can be delivered in a live stream setting. Get ready to cancel your Netflix account and discover something completely new!