What is it about the theme of failure that makes it so compelling to artists right now? “I think for most self-producing artists, there’s a certain requirement in terms of how we market ourselves to make people trust us enough to come see us,” Samuelson says. “Right now, we’re in a time when a lot is failing for us: My university education set me up for a career in the ’90s, and the support structure now is just not the same. There’s a feeling that the measuring sticks we’ve inherited are not adding up to what’s actually going on in the present.”
Samuelson calls it a big experiment, but it will take an audience to come to a conclusion; be a part of it at a series of changing performances beginning tonight at 7 p.m. and continuing at the same time nightly through Sunday at Madelife, 2000 21st Street in Boulder. Admission is $15 nightly or $30 for a three-show festival pass; investing in an open mind would help, too. Go to failurefailurefailure.com for details and reservations.
Nov. 7-9, 2014