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Torn Space presents Response Performance Festival

Torn Space is back with its site specific productions during the theatre’s upcoming Response Performance Festival. In 2016, the Silo City audience gets to experience a six-hour performance of live music by Temporary Distortion. The band recently received accolades from The Village Voice:

“The group’s creative sanctum is both supercool and completely insular, gesturing to a contemporary scene that often seems to jam obliviously in a hall of mirrors.”

The performance of My Voice Has An Echo In It also includes spoken text and a video arrangement. 


As the six hour performance is underway, visitors to Silo City will be able to wander over to the production company’s site specific production of Burden. The surreal experience is sure to please, as it incorporates sound (George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”), fashion (chanteuse entertainers), a visual scape ode to Ralph Lauren, all set to the dual theme’s of sympathy and burden.

Finally, Torn Space will present a free speaker engagement with Bonnie Marranca who will reflect upon her experiences with independent publishing, arts writing, and performance. For those who want to hear straight from the mouth of a practiced soul, there is much to take away.

To purchase a ticket to one of the performances, or to buy a festival pass, click here. Or visit the Response Festival for more information. Also refer to this Facebook page. Below is the official breakdown and festival itinerary.

Temporary Distortion’s My Voice Has An Echo In It

August 19 and 20

Durational Performance from 5pm-11pm (stay as long as you like)

At The Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle | 612 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo NY

$20 General / Free with BURDEN VIP Ticket

MY VOICE HAS AN ECHO IN IT features a six-hour durational performance of live music, spoken text and video set within a freestanding, soundproof environment. While watching the performers through two-way mirrors, audience participants also experience music ranging from drifty ambient sounds to erasure poetry to raucous punk-inspired anthems.

Pictured left to right: Kenneth Collins, Jenna Kyle, John Sully. Photograph by Scott Fetterman
Pictured left to right: Kenneth Collins, Jenna Kyle, John Sully. Photograph by Scott Fetterman

Complex and densely layered, Temporary Distortion creates an intimate concert atmosphere where everyone has a front row seat. Audience members are encouraged to come and go throughout the 6-hour event. Photo by Scott Fetterman.

Torn Space’s Burden

August 18-21

Performance Slots from 6-9:00 pm

At Silo City, 20 Childs Street, Buffalo, NY

$20 General / $60 VIP

BURDEN marks Torn Space’s fourth performance installation for Silo City. The project is being designed for Marine A, a vast grain elevator with 120ft tall interconnecting concrete silos, as well as the SS Columbia, a National Historic Landmark and the last surviving passenger ship of its kind. The project will draw upon the work of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, the fashion of chanteuse entertainers, the perceived luxury of Ralph Lauren, and reflections on sympathy and burden.


The production will transform the silo into an immersive experience of light, sound and cinema, while the ship will provide a stunning opportunity to experience not only a historic vessel with its original ballroom, but also the surrounding waterways.

VIP Ticket includes an 8pm performance of BURDEN with a special sunset cocktail performance on the historic SS Columbia and a ticket to the performance of MY VOICE HAS AN ECHO IN IT. Photo by FLATSITTER.

BonnieMarrancaTorn Space Distinguished Speaker

Bonnie Marranca Present Tense: Reflections on Independent Publishing, Arts Writing, & Performance

August 20th at 2pm, FREE!

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center | 341 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202

Torn Space continues its tradition of bringing top scholars and critics to WNY with this year’s featured speaker, Bonnie Marranca. Ms. Marranca is the publisher and editor of internationally recognized PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, which she co-founded in 1976. Ms. Marranca is considered one of the leading voices on contemporary performance; she is a Guggenheim Fellow and a contributor and editor of several books including The Theatre of Images, which is one of the seminal books on the subject of contemporary theatre.


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