In Performance: Habit by David Levine at Mass MoCA (USA)


Habit by David Levine
Thurs, Feb 24 – Sun, Feb 27
Hunter Center – Mass MoCA
$10/$20 with gallery admission

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Play is performed on a continuous loop. You can come anytime between noon and 5 PM on Thursday, February 24 or Sunday, February 27, or between 2 and 8 PM on Friday, February 25 & Saturday, February 26

The Berlin-based theater artist David Levine brings a new iteration of his installation Habit to MASS MoCA for a developmental residency. Habit is an installation/durational event/realist play that reorients the way we watch performance. Inside a four-walled, fully furnished, functioning ranch house (stocked fridge, working stove & plumbing) designed by Marsha Ginsberg, actors inhabit the set for extended periods each day, performing the play on a loop, communicating only through the dialogue, improvising staging as it suits their needs –if they’re hungry, they cook; if they’re dirty, they wash– and the needs of the characters. Audiences, meanwhile, circulate around the outside of the set, and watch the action through the windows of the house or (eventually) on a live, eight-camera video feed. Habit fuses TV production, durational performance, behavioral psychology, and realist theater into a project that asks basic questions about spectatorship, performance, routine, reality and realism.’

Developed at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center and MASS MoCA, premiering in Toronto’s Luminato Festival in summer, 2011

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  2. juma 6 years ago

    If this is supposed to be so real how come every word spoken sounds so phony and pretentious?

  3. mirven 6 years ago

    Why didn’t they learn the texts by heart??? It really looks so unprofessional when they read it..and that makes it look less real too.

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    Editor 6 years ago

    Both of these videos are of a work in process. The Vimeo at the bottom is a video from a residency at The Watermill Center. The video at the top is a a trailer for the residency showings at Mass MoCA.

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