Money Lab


"Dead Cat Bounce""

Title: Dead Cat Bounce, part of Money Lab


Choreographer: Patrice Miller in collaboration with Edward Einhorn


Video: VJ Fuzzy Bastard


Composer: Chris Chappell


Venue: The Brick, Brooklyn, NY


Producer(s): Untitled Theater Company #61


Dancers: Kayla Eisenberg, Laura Hartle, Jenna Purcell, Ruri Saito, and Stephanie Willing.

Laura Hartle (L) and Stephanie Willing (R) in Dead Cat Bounce


Photo: Arthur Cornelius

Synopsis: Money Lab is an economic vaudeville, a multi-disciplinary experiment to discover whether economic ideas can be represented through performance. It uses a mixture of theater, dance, video, music, clowning  and games in order to explore everything from the darker predictions of Malthus, to the 2008 stock market collaps, to the intersections of economics and art. Developed with the help of a crew of artists  and economists, this project will culminate with a four day performance workshop at The Brick in Brooklyn.


"Dead Cat Bounce" is a multi-media dance piece that examines the jargon of the 2008 financial crisis as popularized by the media.


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"Don’t ever take a stock tip from a critic, but this one looks like a buy."


Scott Brown, New York Magazine

“Untitled Theater Company’s workshop production of Money Lab explores one of the quintessential cocktail party dilemmas—the “flower vs. food” dichotomy, as its charismatic, fast-talking MC Clive Dobbs calls it. Is it possible to measure the relative worth to a society of essentials like food and water against the less tangible value of art?  For the next highly enjoyable 90 minutes, the company turns the audience into a tiny economy with blue and red poker chips, the former representing artistic products and the latter standing in for rations and beverages ...


... it could have been that Edward Einhorn and Patrice Miller’s hilarious, provocative dance to the economic jargon surrounding the subprime mortgage crisis, “Dead Cat Bounce,” influenced the subsequent auction of patronage for Miller to cause an “art bubble,” which even included the spontaneous creation of an arts foundation among audience members".


James Hannaham, The Village Voice

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