TIME: A Complete Explanation in Three Parts



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New music ensemble thingNY and theater performance co-operative the Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) present TIME: A Complete Explanation in Three Parts, a devised, multimedia work that zealously attempts to communicate one of humanity’s most important yet elusive concepts.

The piece examines the histories, cultural role and science of time through print, video and the performance of experiments and sequences created collaboratively by the two ensembles working as one. This hybrid of experimental music, theatre and written work forms an intricately mechanized "timepiece" telling of time throughout time, in real time, and sometimes just in time.

The work is influenced by the chance-based and aleatoric modes of the music of John Cage and Gerard Grisey, the durational modes of the performance art of Tehching Hsieh and Bas Jan Ader, the public theater forms of the Berliner Ensemble, the post-dramatic work of companies like KASSYS, and the philosophies and science of Nietzsche, Artistotle, Heidegger, Husserl, Einstein and many others.

Some sections and experiments occur before, during, and after the live performance at The Brick, extending in time through the “Performance Book” containing the program, the entire 60-page script, references, keys, diagrams, rules for participatory games, the musical score of the work, as well as instructions for durational experiments, photographs, visual pieces, footnotes and a complete bibliography.

Participating artists in this project include: Alejandro Acierto, Jason Anastasoff, Gelsey Bell, Brian McCorkle, Esther Neff, Paul Pinto, Erin Rogers, Dave Ruder, Matthew Stephen Smith and Jeffrey Young.


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