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- From: Eric Leonardson <email@example.com>
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- Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2004 17:30:12 -0600
Thanks to everyone who has attended so far! And for those who haven't
Come experience the FINAL PERFORMANCES of The Perimeter, an original
interdisciplinary work of action-based theater performance..
The Perimeter was created collaboratively by Plasticene's actors,
designers, and director. It is an exploration that integrates highly
physically, non-verbal theater with video, light, electronic music and
noise. It is also an exploration of how central power exerts its
influence at the geographical and human edges of authority. Its stories
and images are based in part on recent events, such as the Abu Ghraib
prison torture scandal, and our research of diverse academic and
literary resources, among them the Stanford Prison Experiment, and J.M.
Coetzee's novel, Waiting For the Barbarians.
The Perimeter is directed by Sharon Göpfert, and performed by Mark
Comiskey, Luis Crespo, Tere Parkes, Brian Shaw, and Nana Shineflug, with
lighting design by Carrie Kennedy, real-time video projections by
Stephan Mazurek, costumes by Camilla Ha, assistant direction by Michael
Macias, and stage management by Leigh Barrett.
The Perimeter received a critics' choice in the music section of the
Chicago Reader and a good review on Chicagonoise.net
Sun-Times theater critic, Hedy Wiess wrote, "No other theater company in
this city approaches story-telling in the same way as Plasticene...no
other ensemble draws its audience into the story telling with quite the
same ferocity and strange sense of exhilaration." Chicago Tribune
theater critic, Chris Jones, wrote, "...well-performed, visually
arresting and consistently engaging."
The Perimeter is, in part, an experiment in live performance of
electronic music and sound with in the context of theater. The interface
for controlling the sound often uses the action of Plasticene's actors.
This interface was developed with a custom built USB controller,
handmade sensors, and software built in Max/MSP by Robb Drinkwater, my
fellow sound faculty member at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.
Much of the music I've created is loop based, performed on my laptop
using samples derived from both acoustic "concrete" and electronic
sources. The predominant concrete sounds are from the South American
berimbau, feedback recorded through PVC pipes, and field recordings made
in the Blackwell Forest Preserve (Warrenville, Illinois) at dusk. The
sounds of wind were synthesized with Robb's "wind generator" Max/MSP
patch. All of this is played through a five-channel surround playback
system. Two Mp3 audio samples are up now on my "composer and performer"
The Perimeter will be performed 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 18 and
Friday, November 19, with two shows on Saturday, at 8:00 and 10:30 pm.
Closing night performance: 7:00 pm, Sunday, November 21, at the Viaduct,
3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago. Tickets are $15-$20, $10 rush tickets
available to students an hour before showtime. Seating is limited so
call now for reservations 312-409-0400.
The Viaduct is just South of Belmont Ave. Parking under the viaduct is
always available, under the east side of the Western-Belmont overpass -
between Barry and Fletcher, 1-1/2 blocks south of the
Belmont-Western-Clybourn intersection. CTA: 49-Western bus to Barry or
77-Belmont bus to Western Ave. Viaduct website:
Eric Leonardson http://pages.ripco.net/~eleon/whatsnew.html
Final performances of Plasticene's "The Perimeter", an original theater
work featuring live electronic music and sensor technologies created with
Robb Drinkwater, and video by Stephan Mazurek, Thu-Sun, November 18-21, at
the Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western, Chicago. $15-$20, $10 rush tickets
available to students an hour before show-time, reservations: 312-409-0400.