“expressive and dramatic... personwhowatchestoomuchtelevision is fine work, powerful and probing.” realtime arts 127, 2015 .

“a sensory experience... [personwhowatchestoomuchtelevision] shows the audience a rare beauty that can be found in a scathingly accurate depiction of bleakness” buzzcuts, 2015

"[personwhowatchestoomuchtelevision] is a true delight and a powerful meditation. Don’t miss this chance to see fine art from Australia." san diego free press, 2016

Instrumentation/Performance Resources

For contemporary dancers, electric guitar and cello (either of which can be pre-recorded) playing from reactive score written in Processing, and with optional projection composed in Resolume Arena. Max patch and arduino code can be provided for making the score and electronics react to the dancers' choreography.

Music by Dan Thorpe, Text by Rhys Nixon, Choreography by Ellen Worley, Tyson Olsen, Greta Wyatt and Mieke Kriegesvelt.

Programme Note

There’s something comfortably numbing about the noise of technology, but it’s never enough. personwhowatchestoomuchtelevision was written by Rhys Nixon, and adapted for performance by Concrete Collective. Equally hypnotic and surreal, Nixon retells his technology induced nervous breakdown — complete with youtube videos of golden retrievers, not sleeping for a week and waxing lyrical about birds. The show dances through sensations of drifting apart and coming back together. Of being a man but not sure of what that means or why it’s important or whether ‘man’ is something worth being. Of going through the motions when the motions have become foreign to you. Of being insignificant but part of something even if you don’t know what it is or whether you want to be.

Performance History

July 7, 2016 :: Third Space, Davis CA

June 23- July 3, 2016 :: San Diego International Fringe Festival, Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego CA