Zombies Are Allergic To Foam

Weirdly, zombie apocalypse plans are pretty common these days. While I’ve decided I’d be fairly useless in any given doomsday scenario and haven’t yet managed to think up an even mildly viable plan, Emiline Forster not only has hers all figured out, she’s written, directed, choreographed and performed in a dance piece using the apocalypse as a running theme.

Having explored the concept of the apocalypse since 2011 with the help of books, conspiracy theories, films, and of course, Star Trek, Emi has put together a 50 minute dance and movement sequence detailing the human condition as they literally wait for time to end.

Good Evening Apocalypse is set in a futuristic world where sky-net has become the norm and the only physical technology left is chunky 90’s monitors and hard drives. What happens to humanity when the end is in sight? How do two people cooped up in a basement deal with the concept of the end of the world and how do they know what’s real and what’s not? In a piece created using only movement, sound and flickering screens, the characters anticipation becomes your anticipation and everyone starts clinging to their seats, waiting to die.

The performance took place during April at the PACT centre for emerging artists, and was a big success. Good Evening Apocalypse was Emi’s second self-created dance piece, and is only the beginning of what will no doubt be a rewarding career for this talented individual.

During the interview, we spoke about doomsday conspiracy theories, solar flairs, the Borg, what the future of technology could mean for humanity, and how great it would be if the undead were allergic to foam so we could all run around with nerf guns in the event of a zombie apocalypse. For more info on her past and upcoming works, head to Emi’s Facebook page.

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