THE CENTRE FOR TRANSGRESSIVE BEHAVIOURS

   

The following article was published in N-SPHERE June 2010 issue.

 

Staffan Persson:

The Centre for Transgressive Behaviors was a gathering of semidisturbed individuals in and around Raleigh (N.C.), that were fed up with the lack of creative cultural activities in the area. Instead of conforming to the musical trends we stole influences from every obscure corner of history and household. A major aim was to inhale these influences and exhale them with a primal energy that would break down the barriers between audience and performers. From some quite ascetic first performances, enacted by a handful people, we grew both in size, strength and lunacy.

Describing a typical C.T.B. show is tricky, since each show was created with different ideas and motifs in mind, but certain elements sure stood out. These included four meter tall puking giants in gold, screaming lunatics on big-wheels, a Butoh show accompanied by erotic limericks read by Siamese twins, and of course the earthquake show where the ceiling fell down over the audience. Consequently, the old C.T.B. device “it will hurt you more than us” stands firm.

MEMBERS: Staffan Persson, Craig Hilton, John Dawkins

C.T.B. | 1998-2004

01. HOGRISK FESTIVALEN, MALMÖ, SWEDEN 2003

A very ascetic show in which one coverall clad gentleman created a new face for another coverall clad gentleman. The face was assembled onto the latter gentleman’s face by using shrivels of 100 copies of his face, and wall paper glue. The show was accompanied by the frequent use of a document destroyer, and a sledgehammer periodically crushing rocks.

T.C.B. at Hogrisk Festivalen. 2003 . Malmö, Sweden

 

02. TRACE ART GALLERY, RALEIGH, UNITED STATES 2000

The show was simultaneously held in seven rooms, each hosting various acts. These included paint pukers that dispensed paint over people dragged beneath them, a battle- room where two antagonists on swings attempted to knock each other out with giant fly-swatters, and a three meter tall chair holding a demented bacon-clad transvestite in front of a phallic altar. The performance was accompanied by three saxophone players, a guitar and a naked drummer, and came to an end with a pagan wedding.

T.C.B. at Trace Art Gallery. May 19th 2000. Raleigh, US

 

03. RALEIGH, UNITED STATES 2000

This show was held in conjunction with Innovations fetish party in front of a seated audience at the Holiday Inn hotel in Raleigh. The show was built around a butoh performance by three persons and a dead butoh body that gave birth to various irrelevant commodities during the show. An intermission show-cased a striptease by two girls wearing seven pairs of panties, Siamese twins reading erotic limericks, and two golden butts squirting blue liquid.

T.C.B. December 30th 2000. Raleigh, United States

 

04. LILLA TEATERN, LUND, SWEDEN 2004

The show was a small tribute to William S. Burroughs. A glass of apple juice was extracted from apples by means of various household devices. This glass was put on top of a crucified doll wearing a demented version of Burroughs’ head. A planted spectator emerged from the audience carrying a gun and shot down the glass.

T.C.B. at Lilla Teatern. 2004. Lund, Sweden

 

Full article here.

 

Describing a typical C.T.B. show is tricky, since each show was created with different ideas and motifs in mind, but certain elements sure stood out. These included four meter tall puking giants in gold, screaming lunatics on big-wheels, a Butoh show accompanied by erotic limericks read by Siamese twins, and of course the earthquake show where the ceiling fell down over the audience. Consequently, the old C.T.B. device “it will hurt you more than us” stands firm.

MEMBERS: Staffan Persson, Craig Hilton, John Dawkins

C.T.B. | 1998-2004

 

02. TRACE ART GALLERY, RALEIGH, UNITED STATES 2000

The show was simultaneously held in seven rooms, each hosting various acts. These included paint pukers that dispensed paint over people dragged beneath them, a battle- room where two antagonists on swings attempted to knock each other out with giant fly-swatters, and a three meter tall chair holding a demented bacon-clad transvestite in front of a phallic altar. The performance was accompanied by three saxophone players, a guitar and a naked drummer, and came to an end with a pagan wedding.