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10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover – 3. dreamthinkspeak (London)

3. dreamthinkspeak (London) www.dreamthinkspeak.com “dreamthinkspeak creates and produces the work of Tristan Sharps and is internationally recognised as a pioneering creator of site-responsive performance. Its work interweaves live performance with film and installations to create extraordinary journeys that are ambitious in scale, visually layered and popular with audiences wherever they are performed. Since its formation in 1999, the company has played a key role in the evolution of site-responsive work in the UK and beyond. The company is committed to developing the artistic ambition of these pioneering creations, and expanding the scope and number of audiences upon whom the work has such a transformative impact. The company is based in Brighton and, with a small core team, dream...

10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover – 4. Fruit for the Apocalypse (London)

4. Fruit for the Apocalypse (London) www.fruit-for-the-apocalypse.eu “Fruit for the Apocalypse create and present new audio-kinetic adventures in Opera, Ballet and Composition working with emerging artists and forging new collaborations in a site-responsive context. We are a diverse collective of artists and producers who make experimental work. Our name comes from a tin of peaches – our adopted symbol of an eternity of ephemeral potential, locked within a cautious, nihilistic and consumer packaged society. We like to think of ourselves as romantic tin-openers – working to free the fruit from the redundant cold war stockpile. We collaborate with many different people – our main aim is to make and do rather than wait and do nothing. One of our productions, The Surrea...

10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover – 5. Wilderness (Los Angeles)

5. Wilderness (Los Angeles) thisisthewilderness.com “Wilderness works internationally to push the envelope of the traditional theatre-going experience. Inspired by disused, unexplored and uninhabited spaces, we create immersive, experiential and interdisciplinary theatrical events that disrupt the boundaries between observer and observed. We offer intimate live experiences in a variety of traditional and non-traditional spaces, which have hitherto included a disused engine shop in Los Angeles, the former BBC executive offices in London, the Bush Theatre attic in London, the proscenium stage at the Getty Villa, and the backstage fly loft at the San Francisco Playhouse. Founded in 2011 by Artistic Director Annie Saunders, the award-winning company has been described as “a company of th...

10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover – 6. Speakeasy Dollhouse (NYC)

6. Speakeasy Dollhouse (NYC) speakeasydollhouse.com “Speakeasy Dollhouse is a time capsule transporting audiences to the scene of a riveting crime and then inviting them to live fully in that world, erasing the boundary between themselves and the performers. The plays are interactive, non-fictional investigative stories inside sensory theatrical worlds. The Speakeasy Dollhouse experience begins with a series of emails featuring actual news articles, investigative dollhouse recreations and a password for entry through a secret door where guests are given a role to play. Cynthia von Buhler, a visual artist and author, is the creator of the Speakeasy Dollhouse series.” – Speakeasy Dollhouse website  

10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover – 7. We Players (San Francisco)

7. We Players (San Francisco) www.weplayers.org “We Players presents site-integrated performance events that transform public spaces into realms of participatory theater. We bring communities together, reclaiming local spaces for public discourse and civic celebration through art. Extending the transformative powers of performance beyond the stage, we invite our collaborators and audience to engage fully and awaken to the spectacular world around us.” – We Players website  

10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover – 8. Coney (London)

8. Coney (London) http://coneyhq.org/ “Coney are interactive theatre-makers. We create games, adventures and play where people can choose to take a meaningful part. Our work takes place anywhere that people gather: in theatres, schools, museums, on the streets and online and always follows the principles of adventure, curiosity and loveliness. The experience starts when you first hear about it, and only ends when you stop thinking and talking about it. We make play with ideas that resonate in the world around us: from the everyday to the extraordinary. Our work is inspired by the belief that the world can be magical place where ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Collaboration and dialogue are at the heart of how we make work: with audiences, peers, partners, and a network o...

10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover – 9. Pearl Damour (NYC/New Orleans)

9. Pearl Damour (NYC/New Orleans) pearldamour.com “We are an Obie-Award winning collaborative team who create performance both inside and outside traditional theater spaces.   We are known for large-scale performances that mix theater and installation — such as How to Build a Forest, an 8-hour performance in which we assemble and disassemble a simulated forest on an empty stage over 8 hours – and intimate performances designed for small audiences — such as Bird Eye Blue Print, created for a set of small vacant offices in the World Financial Center in Manhattan.  Over our 15-year history of making work together, we have devised a body of work that is attentive to the performer / audience relationship, and searches for new approaches to narrative through the accumulation of text, image...

10 Immersive Theater Companies To Discover – 10 Difference Engine (London)

10. Difference Engine (London) differencengine.co.uk “differencEngine are an Off West End nominated company specialising in immersive & interactive theatre. The company was co-founded by Jon Cooper & Andrew Somerville in 2014. Their debut show HEIST was initially meant to run for three weeks, it ran for nine months & sold out in minutes, astounding audiences & partners alike. HEIST saw audiences breaking into a building, interacting through headsets & cameras and attempting to steal a painting without being caught.” – Difference Engine website  

Opportunities: LaMaMa Umbria 2017: International Symposium for Directors (Fee)

LaMaMa Umbria 2017: International Symposium for Directors (July 17, 2017 – August 16, 2017) Deadline: May 15, 2017 Apply Online –> The International Symposium for Directors is training program for professional directors, choreographers, actors and others. Internationally renowned theatre artists conduct workshops and lecture/demonstrations. During the Symposium, participants will travel to Umbrian towns such as Orvieto, Perugia  or Assisi to get a taste of Umbrian art and culture. Performances at local arts festivals and community fairs are also included.  In addition, participating directors may conduct their own workshops to share insights and techniques with their colleagues. Participants will be exposed to a variety of theatrical perspectives during the Symposium, from i...

Apply Today: 1/2/8 The System Is Uncertain Research Residencies PACT

1/2/8 THE SYSTEM IS UNCERTAIN RESEARCH RESIDENCIES Deadline: 27th of March 2017 // 5 pm Apply Online: http://www.pact-zollverein.de/node/8612 PACT is as a developmental working and presentation space for contemporary performance art at the interface between science, technology and society. Alongside delivering a wide-ranging programme of performances and public events, PACT’s work is firmly rooted in it’s well-known residency programme and ongoing engagement with diverse forms of knowledge transfer. Within the scope of advanced research and development activities, PACT establishes ongoing project series and opens up spaces where society, the world and art interlink. In Spring 2017 PACT is launching 1/2/8 a new, central and long-term research and development format with a special focus on t...

Steve Of Tomorrow at The Collapsable Hole March 16-April 1, 2017 @ 8pm

STEVE OF TOMORROW March 16 – April 1, 2017 @8pm The Collapsable Hole 55 Bethune Street, NYC Tickets are $20 ($15 for students/seniors) In Commander/Ramirez’s video-puppetry performance, STEVE OF TOMORROW, a couchsurfing time traveler Steve appears at a crammed apartment shared by sci-fi blogger Ralph and his partner Scott. Steve lands in the middle of a media frenzy surrounding a corporate-produced hurricane. What ensues is a split-screen dark comedy about miscommunication in the age of pervasive media and a democracy interrupted by a flurry of pop-up windows. “I wanted to make a show about how every step into the future seems to divide us, especially now that anxiety has taken a hold on the nation. I want to tell this bleak story using puppets, of course,” says Commander...

In Performance: Jen Rosenblit & Geo Wyeth – Swivel Spot (The Kitchen)

A companion piece to Rosenblit’s Clap Hands, which ran most recently at the 2017 American Realness festival, Swivel Spot continues Rosenblit’s line of performative inquiry into pairing and relationships, and marks a new collaboration between Rosenblit and music/performance/installation artist Geo Wyeth. Comprised of gently accumulating scored movement punctuated by surprising turns of music and interaction, Swivel Spot watches Rosenblit and Wyeth fumble blindfolded through a motley landscape of objects and sound, groping for grounding, and for one another. Alexia Welch, the “supportive performer” who also provided her gentle care for Clap Hands, trails Rosenblit and Wyeth with plastic wrap, methodically pinning a city of objects to the gallery floor at The Kitchen. Welch’s methodical atten...