Made in USA | A Piece of Work
16-17 NOV 2016
What would happen if the Dadaists, the deconstructivists, interactive app developers, artificial intelligence system researchers and anarchical Web hackers joined forces with Heiner Müller and Laurie Anderson to stage a performance of Shakespeare’s "Hamlet"?
Have you ever seen an algorithmic performance? Having been invited to make her Greek debut at the OCC, Annie Dorsen, the fearless pioneer of the American scene, introduces us to her unique theatrical idiom.
What would happen if the Dadaists, the deconstructivists, interactive app developers, artificial intelligence system researchers and anarchical Web hackers joined forces with Heiner Müller and Laurie Anderson to stage a performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet?
They’d probably come up with a weirdly original and intensely fascinating algorithmic performance—which is to say, a digital performative network of words, images, voices, effects, rhythms, musical motifs and advanced applications like this one from the Obie-award-winning director and dramatist from New York.
“What a piece of work is a man!”, Hamlet wonders, though here Shakespeare’s most influential tragedy is read through the prism of our post-humanistic, digital age with a computer playing the young prince of Denmark, Claudius, Gertrude, Ophelia and the other dramatis personae... The veteran American actor Joan MacIntosh, one of the leads from the celebrated Performance Group, plays Act Three of Hamlet live, adding her presence to this ingenious on-stage game of intellect and algorithms, people and machines, live performance and new media.
Concept – Direction: Annie Dorsen
Systems Programmer: Mark Hansen
Associate Programmer: Dylan Fried
Performer: Joan MacIntosh
Scenic – Video: Jim Findlay
Sound and Network Design: Greg Beller
Lighting Design: Bruno Pocheron and Ruth Waldeyer
Additional Programming: Scott Shepherd and Paul Calley
Associate Video Design: Ryan Holsopple
Sound Technician: Etienne Graindorge
Management: Alexandra Rosenberg
A Piece of Work
is a co-production of BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Black Box Teater (Oslo), Brooklyn Academy of Music (NYC), brut (Vienna), On the Boards (Seattle), and Theatre de la Villette (Paris). It is a House on Fire project, developed with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. Additional support provided by the City of Vienna, and by On the Boards through its Performance Production Program. A Piece of Work
was developed in part at Live Arts Bard, the commissioning and residency program of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College.
This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Thursday 17 November
After performance talk with Annie Dorsen
Chaired by Grigoris Ioannidis, theatre critic and assistant professor of Drama Studies, University of Athens.