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Two world-premieres taking place in November at Torn Space Theater

An evening of dual performances will be held at Torn Space Theater in November as the final segment of the 2018 Response Performance Series, “a festival founded by Torn Space Theater to bring local and international artists together in Western New York for a survey of contemporary performance.”

The projects, Light/Station and Manmade Earth are supported by the UB Creative Arts Initiative Grant and will be performed November 16 through 18, 2018.

According to Torn Space Theater, this initiative is part of the company’s commitment to “presenting significant contemporary performance creators.” Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Torn Space Theater, Dan Shanahan adds, “thanks to the launch of 600 HIGHWAYMEN’s newest work, Buffalo is brought into the international spotlight as a new home for innovative contemporary performance.”

About the productions.

Light/Station is a meditative walk-through performance designed by Torn Space Theater that leads from the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle, through the historic Polonia neighborhood where sculpture, sound design, light sculpture, and live performance guide the audience to the towering St. Stanislaus Church for a private concert. Friday and Saturday performances include a locally-prepared meal in the Mickiewicz speakeasy, and admission to Manmade Earth.
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Fri./Sat. – $100, Sun. – $25


The Record, 600 HIGHWAYMEN ©

Manmade Earth, a new show in development, is the product of a three-week residency by internationally-acclaimed 600 HIGHWAYMEN. The piece features 8 high school students from local Buffalo high schools and examines the evolution of our society; how we come together to create what we could not on our own. Buildings get built, destroyed, built again. How do the structures that we make push us together or keep us apart?
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600 HIGHWAYMEN have toured the world with their work. The Fever, which Torn Space presented as part of the 2017 Response Festival, recently toured to Dublin, Sarajevo, and Dubai. Their work has been presented at MASS MoCA, Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater, ART, Centre Pompidou, Festival Theaterformen, Noorderzon Festival, Abrons Arts Center, the Wexner Center, Parc de la Villette, and many more.

Set installation at Torn Space Theater

The 600 Highwaymen Residency is funded by UB’s Creative Arts Initiative Grant. This is Torn Space Theater’s first residency grant with lead funding from UB’s CAI for internationally praised 600 Highwaymen, to develop a new work, Manmade Earth. In the project is completed in collaboration with UB School of Architecture students and faculty. Light/Station utilizes the talents of UB Architecture students led by professor Christopher Romano to design and build a stone and light sculpture in the adjacent lot to Torn Space Theater.

Manmade Earth worked with UB Architecture students in a series of brainstorming workshops to explore scenic design and materials research for the production. Both projects are about reconfiguring what performance space means while investigating how the audience engages with performance in different ways. Developed with and performed by high school students, many of whom attend Lafayette International and represent a wide range of countries: Syria, Congo, and Myanmar to name a few.

November 16-18, 2018

Light/Station, 5:30 pm at 612 FIllmore Avenue. This meditative walk-through performance continues around Fillmore neighborhood arriving back at the theater.
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Manmade Earth, begins at 7:30pm, with a special matinee performance on Saturday, November 17 at 2:00pm
Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle – 612 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo, NY 14212
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This content was produced in collaboration between Buffalo Rising and Torn Space Theater. The facts and opinions published in Buffalo Rising express solely the thoughts and opinions of our respective authors.
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