Trailer Tales: Weekend Safari/Caravan Chronicle: Urban ReUnion

An interactive site-specific performance art piece, usually set in and around a 1962 Airstream Safari trailer!

We have families of blood, we have families of choice, and we have families of circumstance. And no matter where we go in the world, we find connections and shared values with ‘family’ we haven’t met yet. 

“A piece of wildly original interactive installation theatre...with stories, hospitality and haikus.  Warm-hearted, inclusive fun gently underscored by a universal message: families are all about shared memories, rituals and acceptance. Let us not take them for granted.”   Adelaide Advertiser, AU 

Clamber into the Airstream trailer, hang out at the bbq roasting Peeps (the confection- not your pals!) and eavesdrop on ‘cousins’ remembering  family legends and swapping travel adventures at a pseudo-traditional (and highly idiosyncratic) family reunion.
As you explore the customs of this sprawling, oddly familiar clan, you can add  to the haiku laundry line, contribute story plates to the picnic table or share any stories you remember as you snag a snack and add to family lore. No matter where we are in the world or our lives, connections of 'family' (whether of the moment, blood or experiences) give us points of common connection and delight.

Trailer Tales toured to Australia and translated itself to Caravan Chronicles: Urban ReUnion with an Australian- made vintage caravan.
theater simple was honored to serve as the artists-in-residence for the 2007 Adelaide Fringe, and as the Public Art Event, Caravan Chronicles was installed in 6 different communities over 3 weeks, including a kid's festival, a beach esplanade, and at the Museum of South Australia.

Not only has Trailer Tales/Caravan Chronicles and theater simple served as artists-in-residence for the 2007 Adelaide Fringe, but also during the the 4 days of the 2006 Washington State Cultural Congress.

Please enjoy these awesome videos and slideshows. created in the US and Australia and filmed and edited by Erik Holsinger and Monique Kleinhans. (The mashup video edited by Andrew Litzky)

video descriptions:
top L - A 2-minutes mashup of highlights from US and Australian installations
top R - Adelaide, Australia - Kids Fringe Days 
middle L - Duvall, Washington
bottom L - a video with student narration of some of over 600 plate stories and haiku we collected in the 3 weeks. 

Each installation of Trailer Tales includes a Haiku Laundry Line and a table of Story Plates.  Audiences are encouraged, many are compelled, to share the flood of family memories that the project invokes.  On paper picnic plates they write longer stories, and on smaller plates, they become poets and write 17 syllable haikus; all of which gathers in volume over the course of the installation.  We have created installations in quiet neighborhoods, busy beaches, and with museums and children's festivals.(This clip is from the 3 weeks that Trailer Tales spent as the Public Art Component of the Adelaide Fringe, South Australia, 2007. Many thanks again to the Adelaide Fringe and the Adelaide City Council for their support)

Click HERE to download/view PDF docs of past events, with pictures, poem and stories.  Caravan pg 1   Caravan pg 2