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

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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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.

4 Comments

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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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