It was 1961. Canadian folk singer, Bonnie Dobson, recalls “after everyone went to bed, I sat up and suddenly I just started writing this song although I had never written a song in my life.” That night she penned her most famous and memorable work, “Morning Dew,” a post-apocalyptic folk song she describes as “a love story about the end of the world – told in reverse.”
The kick-off production of Torn Space Theater’s third annual Response Festival is a Virtual Reality experience titled, “Morning Dew” by FLATSITTER, a digital media and performance collective based in Montreal, California. Morning Dew is an apocalyptic love story told in three acts: after, during, and before the apocalypse and is experienced two-at-a-time, so patrons must make reservations in advance. This immersive theater + virtual reality experience runs from July 17 through July 22 at the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Avenue and features video projection and a mixed media installation by David Mitchell, paired with a VR by FLATSITTER, with music from Shawn Elliott Lewis and Brianna Battista.
This virtual reality experience is inspired by both this iconic folk song and an increasingly tangible fear of a nuclear holocaust. Each participant is taken on a powerful journey — beginning at the end of the world, and traveling in reverse to the first nuclear strike.
Featuring set design by David Mitchell, virtual reality by Flatsitter, music by Shawn Elliott Lewis and Brianna Battista. (With Subpac haptic vests.)
Click here for additional information about Torn Space Theater’s Response Festival. Click here for information about times and tickets for “Morning Dew,” July 17-22 at the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Avenue.
// ABOUT TORN SPACE THEATER’s RESPONSE FESTIVAL
The third annual Response Festival will feature Morning Dew July 17-22, STATIONS August 10-12, 17-19, TRUCK August 18-19 and Manmade Earth November 1-2.. Tickets are $15 for Morning Dew, and $25 for STATIONS, with a VIP ticket option to include food, drink and a special performance experience.
Accompanying the performance festival will be guest speaker events and workshops at the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle and University of Buffalo, to be announced.
Funding for the RESPONSE Festival comes from The Cullen Foundation, NYSCA, REDC, Erie County, the Creative Arts Initiative, NYS DanceForce, and Torn Space Theater’s generous individual and corporate donors, listed on their website.
Tickets and information may be found online at www.tornspacetheater.com.