'Globesity' Festival Raises Consumption Awareness 10/22-28
The first ever "Globesity Festival: Hunger Strike Theatre" has
been set for October 22 – 28 at New York City's
Theatre for the New City (155 First Ave.), and it will
be free to the public.
This multi-disciplinary event was created and produced
by Australian filmmaker Robert Mac, along with festival
artistic director and legendary performance artist Penny
Arcade, and associate artistic director Michael Premo.
Together, they have organized a week of performances,
speakers and panel discussions committed to raising awareness
of, and sharing solutions to, the dangers of "globesity."
"'Globesity' is the over-consumption of all natural
elements that sustain life on Earth – some of the
most valuable being water, minerals, oil and food. America
is suffering from a massive imbalance between what we
consume and what we produce. According to Forbes,
we are currently the fattest nation in the developed
world, and while our nation makes up just 5% of the world's
population, we consume 25% of the world's energy resources.
But we're still not satisfied, and we seek fulfillment
at the malls and on our plates," describe press notes.
The festival's sponsor is self-made Australian businessman
Joe Cross. Joe suffers from a rare and debilitating immune
condition for which he finds substantial healing through
juice fasting. This ancient practice produces both mental
clarity and physical detoxification, and is a well-documented
avenue towards overall health. Joe is a veteran of juice
fasts lasting up to 40 days, and during the festival
he will be undergoing a 60-day juice fast. "Doing without" in
its simplest form—fasting—heals and strengthens.
The Globesity Festival aims to show how "doing without" on
a larger, global scale, and rethinking our diets and
overall consumption choices, can actually cleanse and
strengthen the overall health of the planet and its inhabitants.
Cross's journey, including the Globesity Festival in
its entirety, will be filmed as part of a feature documentary
film called Faster, directed by festival creator Robert
Mac and produced by Mac and John Miller-Monzon.
Participating performers will include Penny
Arcade, John Fleck, Zeroboy, Phoebe Legere, Reverend
Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, Darius James,
Rick Shapiro, and The Last Poets among many others,
including younger artists like Eric Lockley and Janie
Martinez. In their search for clarity, all participating
performers will undergo their own 10-day juice fasts
during the conception of original work that will premiere
at the festival.
For further information about the Globesity Festival,
please visit www.theglobesityfestival.org or
call 917-547-1292. A complete schedule of events
will be announced shortly.