Novelty Shots:

June 11-14, 2015

A Political Fantasy

In their new evening-length work, performance duo Fire Drill takes the truism that "the internet is rewiring our brains" as both paranoia and reality. Novelty Shots: A Political Fantasy catapults the viewer between focus and distraction, capitalizing on our collective desire for constant stimulation. Using rigorous exploration of form, daring physicality, and an uncompromisingly contemporary aesthetic, Novelty Shots activates and interrogates the attention economy.

Reviews & Press

Preview: "Novelty Shots: A Political Fantasy," Sheila Regan, Star Tribune, 6/10/15

Preview: "Novelty Shots: A Political Fantasy," Linda Shapiro, City Pages, 6/10/15


Fire Drill is the Minneapolis-based collaboration of Emily Gastineau and Billy Mullaney. They create performance works that challenge contemporary notions of spectatorship and engagement. Fire Drill’s work has been presented locally at Red Eye Theater, Bryant-Lake Bowl, the Ritz Theater, Skewed Visions, and the White Page in Minneapolis, and along the Central Corridor in Saint Paul. Their work has also been curated at Panoply Performance Laboratory (Brooklyn, NY), Special Effects Festival/The Wild Project (New York, NY), the Chocolate Factory/THROW (Queens, NY), SALTA Is (Oakland, CA), the Garage (San Francisco, CA), Multiplex Gallery (Portland, OR), and the Performance Philosophy Conference/University of Chicago (Chicago, IL).


Photo credit: Fire Drill

Support for New Works 4 Weeks is provided by Jerome Foundation; Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, The McKnight Foundation,  and Target, and by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.