A performance by Aaron Noble, during the "San Francisco Festival."


Aron Nobel: Manhole; photo: Jan Sprij

May 1992
location: V2, Aawal 2a, Den Bosch

Manhole was a narrative performance, built from fragments rooted in a broad scala of popular and "high" cultural traditions: blues, Rock & Roll, symbolic poetry, political speeches and ritual insults from Puerto Rican and black street culture.

Important sources for this performance were Herman Melville, Arthur Rimbaud and Bo Diddly. The style was aggressive and chaotic, the public was insulted and the performer greatly misbehaved. True stories about terrifying and humiliating encounters were mixed with verbal and visual imagination. The performance's themes were growing up, the art of speaking and the American dream.

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