Thursday, 12. December 2019, MIT Building W97, The Silence: Work-in-Progress Performance

from 12. December 2019 - 19:30 till 21:00

MIT Building W97

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Inspired by the films of Ingmar Bergman and Andrei Tarkovsky, director Jay Scheib is reimagines Bergman’s The Silence (1963). The film, described both as a “landmark of modernist cinema” (Lloyd Michaels) and a “tangle of brooding confusions and despairs” (The New York Times), amplifies the tense and uncomfortable relationship of two sisters at a hotel in an unfriendly, unknown city.
Over a half-century after the release of The Silence, Scheib draws inspiration from the meteoric film to “limn Bergman’s own obsession with the excavation of the most beguiling of emotional transformations.” This work-in-process presentation marks a continuation of Scheib’s exploration of live cinema and multiplatform approaches to performance. Scheib’s new live cinema performance prototype of The Silence brings together a team of collaborators including Afsoon Pajoufar, Paulina Jurzec, Shanise DeSilva, Lacey Dorn, Christian Frederickson and Ayesha Jordan alongside MIT students and MIT Theater Arts faculty and staff in the development of a new prototype presentation in MIT Building W97.
The Silence is presented as part of the 2019–20 MIT Performing series, a prototyping and presenting series programmed by Scheib and presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology. The series is supported in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT. MIT Performing promotes a research- based artistic practice and serves as a new platform for contemporary performance.

Image by Afsoon Pajoufar

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