Just in Case is an intimate guided tour where LOW PROFILE bring their audience on a walk through the unseen, unknown and rarely visited locations of a city, continuously and relentlessly reading aloud from a list of things that they ‘have’ ‘just in case’.
Just in Case was presented in three cities, each time being remade for the particularities of the location: OVADA, VENT live art residency, Oxford, UK (2005); TENT, Rotterdam, NL (2005); diskurs05 festival, Gießen, DE (2005).
Just in Case carefully negotiates and navigates often hidden spaces in public areas such as fire escapes, rooftop spaces, backstage areas, underground car parks, cellars and shopping centres, surprising local audiences as they are taken on a fast paste disorientating ‘guided tour’ of their local town or city. Sometimes the group expands, people tag along, curious or watch from the sidelines as this strange tour group passes by.
Throughout the entire performance LOW PROFILE read from a list stating things that they ‘have, ‘just in case’.
I’ve got a lighter just in case I need an excuse to talk to strangers … I’ve got clean pants on just in case I’m in an accident … I’ve got a bunch of keys just in case I get followed at night … I’ve got a carrier bag just in case I feel sick … I’ve got white wine just in case everyone else brought red … I’ve got chocolate just in case you break my heart … I’ve got a sleeping bag just in case you can’t get home … I’ve got my maths GCSE just in case I have to get a proper job.
The performance is about the familiar idea of preparing for unknown situations in whatever ways you can – a constant trying your best, or ‘making the best of’ with whatever you’ve got.