Arachnophobiaphobia: Whoop Dee Doo Loves Spiders

SFMOMA

San Francisco, CA  |  2017

About the show

Whoop Dee Doo traveled west in October of 2017 to work with the Bay area's finest for a two-day series of spider themed performances at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

After moths of research to locate an amazing array of local performers, Whoop Dee Doo artists arrived in San Francisco with two weeks to conceive and produce two days of original performances in a giant installation featuring 3 separate television "sets" and a spider-operated control room.

The Balboa High School Choir wowed audiences with their vocal prowess, performing from within an enormous spider egg sac as their spider choir director guided them. Bolivia Corazon De America, emerged from giant, dusty, web-covered doll boxes to give a traditional dance performance. The Velocity Handbell Choir provided a spider-pleasing rendition of some seasonal favorites. Nordahl Grieg Leikarring og Spelemannslag collaborated with Whoop Dee Doo artists for multiple performances. They kicked off the show for us, provided the audience with a nap time, summoned spiders from the cieling, became entangled in webs during instrumental music performances and more. The Chhandam Youth Dance Company collaborated on multiple amazing performances as well - dancing in unison in 2 giant spider costumes, giving traditional performances with new costume and prop pieces and becoming rapidly wrapped in a massive spider's web. The San Francisco Youth Circus helped film the show and provided permance interludes throughout the show and the incredible Trash Elf acted as our house band and closed out every performance with a group Dance. A game show set was employed multiple times per performance to give audience members a chance to win some incredible, hand-made prizes.

The final performance of the weekend concluded with the dismantling of the set allowing audience members to walk away with giant arachnid keepsakes.

ARTISTS

Michael Boles
Danny Crump
Sarah Dahlinger
Sofia Dixon
Josh Pavlick
Anna Platt
Matthew Roche
Erin Sheehy
Jaimie Warren

Curation

Frank Smigiel

Performers


The Balboa High School Choir
Bolivia Corazón De América
Chhandam Youth Dance Company with Artistic Director Rachna Nivas
Nordahl Grieg Leikarring og Spelemannslag
San Francisco Youth Circus from Circus Center
Trash Elf
Velocity Handbell Ensemble

Links

SFMOMA
The Balboa High School Choir
Bolivia Corazón De América
Chhandam Youth Dance Company with Artistic Director Rachna Nivas
Nordahl Grieg Leikarring og Spelemannslag
San Francisco Youth Circus from Circus Center
Trash Elf
Velocity Handbell Ensemble