Responses from participating artists
Too Much! spurred me to make the most risky performance piece I've ever
made. It was curated fearlessly, with deep respect for artists.
It had the familial feeling of an arts festival without being institutional.
I met people with whom I've since made work. People throw around the word
"community" to the point of uselessness, but that's exactly what the day
created. There was such generosity of spirit on display and such a hunger
for connection. This should be an annual event, and has the potential to
grow in many directions.
Too Much! was the kind of event that etches a mark in the fondest part of
your memory. The kind of event that ends up representing what you refer to
as a "golden period." I made more connections and felt more inspiration in
10 hours at Too Much! than in a whole year. When Too Much! was over, I asked
myself: did that just happen?!
The Too Much! Marathon of 2010 was unique in the inclusive nature of its
curation. While I was performing in a show during the marathon that was the
result of a DIY residency at Mama Calizo's, I was also able to present my
very first attempt at choreography, and it was an honor to be grouped with
people with deep roots in art making. The day was marked with a buoyant
energy, representing and connecting many different but related facets of
queer art making in the Bay Area. That day often comes up fondly in
conversation between myself and my artmaking cohorts...it was yet another
collective raising of the bar.
Jorge Rodolfo De Hoyos Jr
At Too Much! I was able to perform my first body-based performance
installation. While in this 90 minute performance/endurance/task-based
state, I could hear performances happening in other rooms, interesting
conversations in the lobby (artistic, friendly or gossip), reactions from
people as they first encountered my image, and the sound of my own breath.
I've never been so deeply present and engaged with so many rich
happenings/thoughts/people at one time.
mica sigourney/VivvyAnne ForeverMORE!
Too Much! was a lovely crossover of dance world, freak art world, and
nightlife world. There was a sense of community that transcended scene or
predetermined aesthetic affiliation.