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Temporary Distortion

(Manahatta, New York)

21-25 February 2024, 10am-10pm daily 

25 February 2024, 6pm - special meditation workshop in the PA2024 stage space

An immersive, installation-based performance that reimagines the purpose of a shipping container by transcending its utilitarian origins to offer the public a resonant sanctuary for music, introspection, and connection. Visitors become part of the sonic tapestry of the piece as live sound is converted by bass shaker tactile transducers to create physical sensations that can be felt by the audience inside of the shipping container. Low-frequency audio signals create a pleasurable haven inside the industrial steel box, where individuals can immerse themselves in a harmonious interplay of sensory stimulation and personal contemplation. MEDITATION CRATE (transducer) builds on Temporary Distortion’s recent work of integrating the contemplative arts into contemporary performance through the creation of extended-duration meditative/cultural events for the general public. We believe that works like this help to dismantle narratives in live performance, while creating non-hierarchical gatherings that prioritize lived experience, and serve as intentional spaces of radical acceptance and belonging.

Temporary Distortion (named one of the “Best New York Theater companies” by TimeOut NY Magazine) has maintained its roots in downtown NYC as an invested stakeholder in the local community for over 20 years, while also performing at notable venues around the world. The group explores the tensions and overlaps existing between the practices of theatre, cinema, music, and media art. Together as a company, they continually work across disciplines to create performances, installations, films, albums, and works for the stage that have been shown in over 25 cities in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States. Temporary Distortion’s work occupies the gray space between the “black box” of the theatre and the “white cube” of the art gallery. While Temporary Distortion most often performs at international theatre festivals, they have also been featured in exhibitions at the Benaki Museum in Greece, the Aram Art Museum in South Korea, the Bakhrushin Museum in Moscow, the Yates Gallery at the Chicago Cultural Center, and at Ideal Glass Gallery in New York City.

Kenneth Collins (director & performer) John Sully (composer, sound designer & performer)

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