CAT# (YEAR COMPOSED): #33 (1996)
INSTRUMENTATION: two voices, rope climbers and drummers
DURATION (APPROX): 11’57
PREMIERE PERFORMANCE: Gail Hoak, Sean Sheldrake & students of the San Jacinto dance and theater program; San Jacinto, California 1996
NOTE: an experimental music theater piece
An intense, searing experimental musical theater work for two voices, multiple percussionists and rope climbers. No!!! was a response to the dominant position of popular culture in higher education. No!!! features the actions, images and mutterings of a noncritical populace put into an hyperactive, physical, experimental theatrical environment. A Bowie knife appears near the end that, in the hand of the principal actress/dancer/singer, proceeds to destroy a beautiful Chinese calligraphy – “negation”. Although not intended, the performances struck the collective funny bone of the audience who added to the nonlinear nature of the drama.