The First Ritual Retreat on the Viability of Kidnapping performance with Ruby T
2017
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Originally performed at Iceberg Projects in Chicago, FRRVK is a pseudo-conference hosted by a coalition of fictional paramilitary leftist organizations: Ruby T’s Mansion Rug Liberation Network (MRLN) and Betsy Johnson’s Versus Verses (VSVS).

The First Ritual Retreat on the Viability of Kidnapping investigates the viability of contemporary revolutionary politics. The performance's narrative centers on two wannabe revolutionaries (a witch and a poet) who are invested in violence, poetry, and ritual as tactics in their quest for liberation. FRRVK’s erotic, absurdist workshops, lectures, and panel discussion satirize the language and organizing structures of progressive millennial political expression. It is through this satire that Betsy and Ruby grapple with the desires, inadequacies, and impossibilities in their own politics.
 
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