The Great Outdoors
Thu, Sep 21 at 7:30pm
Fri, Sep 22 at 7:30pm
Sat, Sep 23 at 7:30 & 10pm
The Great Outdoors takes us on a sublime journey through inner space in the darkness of a planetarium. A lone performer reads texts culled from internet comments and fed through an algorithm, giving voice and body to the thoughts of countless individuals all tapping away at their keyboards in isolation. As fragments of narrative emerge from the chatter, Dorsen invites us to imagine the internet’s infinite possibilities as a new form of celestial authority, and the comments as the internet’s id—unrestrained and protected by anonymity.
FIAF Member $30 • Non-Member $35
Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street, NYC
Supported by the Hermès Foundation within the framework of the New Settings Program.
The Great Outdoors is a co-production of BIT Teatergarasjen & Bergen International Festival (Bergen, NO), Crossing the Line Festival/French Institute Alliance Française, and Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen (NL). The Great Outdoors is created with the support of King’s Fountain, and developed in part by Live Arts Bard at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, and supported by a residency at Abrons Arts Center (NYC).
About the Artist
Since 2009, American writer and director Annie Dorsen has used algorithms in performances to question how we live with and make meaning from technology. She is the recipient of a 2017 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant to Artists Award, the 2014 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts for Theater, and a 2008 Obie award. Dorsen’s work, Spokaoke, was presented at the Crossing the Line Festival 2013.