Academic journal article TheatreForum

Shasta Geaux Pop Review

Academic journal article TheatreForum

Shasta Geaux Pop Review

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Shasta Geaux Pop is an environmental performance set in a downtown nightclub. When you first enter the space, the curtains open to a vast empty dance floor. DJ Avg Jo (Jo Collura) is spinning hip hop and funk, inviting the audience to light themselves up with whatever kind of nightclub magic they want. You can chill on the welcoming couch, you can grab a fancy drink at the bar, you can pose for the camera at the photo booth, or you can get your groove on with the chorus of hip Shasta fans/audience instigators, led by Akhmose Ari (a.k.a. The Compliment King). This chorus summons you to dance as they pass out candy treats, as if to say, "This a party, people! Get moving. Do your thing. Shasta will be here soon."

When Shasta enters she's radiant, whirling in a big, purple-hazed, pop-culture vortex. There's an industrial fan that helps set the mood, and scaffolding that shifts through the space to bring you closer to one another. Enjoy the feeling. Play with it. Connect to it. The show starts off with the song "Exponential Thrust," and as Shasta sings and bumps and grinds, the vibe she creates summons you back to 1998.

You see thrustin's something very elemental.

When you do it you can be existential.

Just make sure you thrust it to the exponential.

And then you'll be part of something monumental.

Now that you got the hang of this jig,

Worked up an appetite, need a swig,

Go ahead get a sip of some water,

Cause we about to thrust it even harder. …

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