Tribal Warfare is a mainstage performance within the context of the six virtues of Mankind. This second collaboration between Cari Coble and Bill Hill, explores the underpinning of the social needs of mankind to place value on both time and place.
Using a motif from the ancient meso-american ballgame, this performance piece uses digital projections, original musical compostions and choreographed athletic dance sequences to develop a narrative grounded in the sacrifice.
Through the development of a socialized practice of competition these tribal factions evolve beyond warfare for the settlement of disputes. This hinges directly on the individual making a selfless sacrifice for the greater population.
Tribal Warfare uses Isadora projections, a nine light setup (which can be modified) and digital audio piped through the Isadora interface. It's duration is 15 minutes and 25 seconds.
It opens with a 56 second film sequence of figure wandering through the woods to find and harvest rubber. Using a spear carved from ivory, he strips the bark of a tree to drain the sap. While the sap begins to flow, he digs up a skull buried in a burlap sack and places it into a oval mold. He then pores the sap from the rubber tree into the mold to form the ball to be used in the actual performance.