Segments in this Video

"Gimme Shelter" (02:36)


Taylor Mac's performance offers an alternative look at history. Mac performs the Rolling Stones song in 2016 at St Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn. (Credits)

St. Ann's Warehouse (01:48)

Singing has always been a part of Taylor Mac's life. Mac and his team have been working on the show for over 10 years; he wants to do a 24-hour performance.

Hour 1: 1776-1786 (03:29)

Mac and his ensemble perform "Yankee Doodle Dandy"; they dress the audience in drag. Mac provides a look at the song's history. Niegel Smith co-directs the show.

1788: "10,000 Miles" (03:45)

Taylor Mac sometimes feels classical when in drag. He discusses developing the 24-hour show; it begins with 24 musicians, and one leaves every hour; Erin Hill performs. Machine Dazzle designs Mac's costumes.

Hour 3: 1796-1806 (06:32)

Mac provides a unique look at history; alcohol is significant. Performers pass out beer and ping-pong balls to audience members. This decade reminds Mac of his life in the club world. He performs "Crazy Jane" and recalls a particular performance at a festival.

1829: "Coal Black Rose" (05:06)

Mac prepares for a photo shoot and reflects on pushing the audience. He performs the sea shanty and explains its history. Songs are a part of learning. Steffanie Christi'an performs "The Alphabet Song."

Hour 6 (04:59)

The Indian Removal Act portion of the show highlights the Trail of Tears through children’s songs. The ensemble performs "Rove Riley Rove." Matt Ray discusses choosing music. The ensemble performs the abolitionist song "Ghost of Uncle Tom."

Hour 8: 1846-1856 (06:16)

This decade champions Walt Whitman. Mac performs "Old Kentucky Home" and "Camptown Races." He discusses musical history and engages the audience in determining the "father of American song."

Civil War and Reconstruction Eras (06:27)

Drag is metaphor rather than impersonation. Mac divides the audience into Union and Confederate soldiers to stage a mock, slow-motion fight. The ensemble performs "The Fall of Charleston," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," and "Down by the Riverside."

Gilded Age (03:54)

Mac discusses performing a dinner production of "The Mikado." He engages an audience member in telling the history of the era; they perform "Willow, Tit Willow"

Hour 14: 1906-1916 (06:57)

Anastsia Durasova applies Mac's makeup. Mac reflects on time and profound experiences. The ensemble performs "Keep the Home Fires Burning," "Happy Days are Here Again," and "Shake That Thing." Mac gets the audience to dance.

Hour 16 (07:02)

Admission helps people survive poverty-induced depression. The ensemble performs "I Ain't Got No Home/Dust Won't Kill Me" and "Soliloquy." Mac reflects on fatherly expectations.

Hour 19: 1956-1966 (08:23)

Mac recalls growing up in Stockton, CA and experiencing homophobia. The ensemble performs "Sway," "Don't," and "Freedom Highway." Bayard Rustin, the organizer of the March on Washington, was a queer black man.

Homophobia (07:41)

The ensemble performs "Born to Run"; the audience throws ping-pong balls. Mac performs "Snakeskin Cowboys" and gets the audience to dance. An artist's job is to dream the culture forward.

1970s-1980s (09:27)

Ray believes lack of community is the main reason we have problems in"; Mac engages the audience. Inflatable penises represent Russia and the U.S. in a Cold War reenactment.

Hour 22: 1986-1996 (08:37)

Mac reflects on coming of age during the AIDS epidemic and the audience's connection with Machine Dazzle. The ensemble performs "Blood Makes Noise" and "Denny." Smith reflects on continuing after loss.

1994: "Girl on a Road" (04:24)

Mac discusses learning politics and how to have confidence from radical lesbians. Anais Mitchell and Mac sing together. Ray joins mac on the stage before leaving him the sole performer.

Hour 24 (04:08)

Mac performs "When All the Artists Leave or Die." Performing is about expressing and experiencing the full range of self.

Credits: Taylor Mac's 24-Decade History of Popular Music (04:27)

Credits: Taylor Mac's 24-Decade History of Popular Music

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Taylor Mac's 24-Decade History of Popular Music

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Rich with stunning musical performances, the documentary Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music captures Taylor Mac’s marathon, 24-hour immersive theatrical experience. The one-time-only concert offered an alternative take on U.S. history, narrated through popular music performed by Mac (accompanied by a 24-piece orchestra) in elaborate, decade-specific costumes.

Length: 107 minutes

Item#: BVL289823

Copyright date: ©2023

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