Category Archive: General Insanity

Saving the world from Duke Energy

Some people wanted to know what we were up to: “We saving the world from Duke Energy… what does it look like we’re doing??”

Today we protested against the merger of Duke Energy and Progress energy. We submitted a press release several day ago, which was published on Creative Loafing’s Blog yesterday (Note: The CLOG has mistakenly credited the photo – it should be credited to Tim O’Brien). The reaction was entertaining: As we walked from where we had parked we began seeing police officers and security officers a full three blocks away from where we were going to protest (they were pointing and talking into their shoulder phones like we were a mob of rioting hoodlums who had to be escorted and monitored at all times). There had to have been twenty officers along the route, and there were nearly a dozen at the venue for the shareholder meeting itself, with seven or eight officers in front of the building itself and another three or four across the street. It was a complete overreaction. One officer came over to examine our gas can, asking, “Is there anything in this?” “No,” Jack replied, “would you like to pick it up and see for yourself?” The officer actually did pick the container up, and he almost looked disappointed that we weren’t there to fire bomb the place. At that point Jack said, “You know, it’s just us – most of you guys could go do something else.” A few minutes later most of the officers were gone. It was funny to see how many people showed up to keep the peace while two performers sat on the sidewalk and snorted through prosthetic pig noses while a recording of a slaughtered hog was looped on repeat.

At any rate, they may have been piqued by a certain section of the press release: “Viscera Dance Theatre’s repeating skit will feature Jack Kirven and Annie Vereen as conjoined, pig-faced twins devouring resources from a trough of dirty money, coal, and plant materials. The performance shines a light on the greedy and abusive practices that a merged corporation would perpetrate against the people, resources, and climate throughout the nation.” Oops… sorry to get all visceral on you, Duke. Oh… no, wait… we did that on purpose. LOL In addition to the exposure in Creative Loafing and the Charlotte Observer, we also spoke briefly to the Charlotte NPR station WFAE.

This performance will be listed under our repertoire as “The Trough of Greed” once we get more pictures back to post along with the description. Click here to see a picture of us outside the meeting.

Gearing up for The Warehouse

Today will be BUSY!! We have to start getting the components of the floor into the space and setting it up. It should be relatively easy once all the pieces are in the same place at the same time, but coordinating is difficult when everyone has lives! But we’ll get this done, and the show will be fabulous. :)

Dirty Dancing in the Streets!

Our very own Annie participated in Lake Lure’s first annual Dirty Dancing contest! She put her heels on and got down with her bad self! “Dirty Dancing” was one of the movies that inspired her to become a dancer in the first place, so it’s no surprise she would one day find herself swinging from poles and shakin’ it on the sidewalk. The five-minute competition, set to the soundtrack from the movie, was great fun and was ultimately won by a couple visiting from out of town.

Fluff Muffin: An evolution of a mascot

Thug…

Kitty Titty…

My preciousss…

Pussyrumpus…

Flufflewumpus…

Flufflumpagus…

Fluff Muffin…

Sweetness… Sweetness and Light!

Jack’s kitty, Sméagol, has many nicknames (probably one for each mood/personality). He deserves his own dance… We want him to be on stage. He’ll outshine and upstage us, but that’s the risk you take when working with genius. 😉

If you have any ideas for how we can make kitty an active mascot, please feel free to share them in the comments on this entry!