Of All The People In All The World uses grains of rice to bring formally abstract statistics to startling and powerful life.
Each grain of rice equals one person. Over a period of days, a team of performers carefully weigh out quantities of rice to represent a host of human statistics such as
the populations of towns and cities
The statistics are arranged in labelled piles creating an ever changing landscape of rice. The statistics and their juxtapositions can be moving, shocking, celebratory, witty and thought provoking.
the number of doctors, the number of soldiers
the number of people born each day, the number who die
all the people who have left the earth's orbit.
The show adapts to its setting: the country, city and building it is in. The amount of rice used varies according to which version is performed.
Of All The People In All The World: UK is a standard small version using 1,000Kg of rice to represent 60,000,000 people.
Other cities in which Of All the People in All the World has been performed include Coventry, Birmingham, Dudley, Leeds, Worcester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Norwich, Manchester, Edinburgh, Stuttgart, Mannheim, Madrid, Valencia, Milan, Budapest, Leipzig, Cork, Groningen, Portland, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Melbourne.
Of All The People In All The World: Europe at 12,000Kg is an example of a medium size version.
Of All The People In All The World in which the whole world's population was represented by 104 tons of rice, has been performed once in Stuttgart.
photo: courtesy Stan's Cafe