Master Class with Annie Dorsen Feb 15, 2013

by Monique

Sat, Feb 23 | Noon @ OtB | $12 ($7 with ticket stub)


Award winning director Annie Dorsen will lead the class through an understanding of her new passion, what she refers to as algorithmic theater, meaning she uses algorithms to decide what happens on stage. Presenting through documentation on her current and previous works, she will address what it means to have co-authored work by algorithms; how these algorithms make potential decisions that can challenge and even inspire; what goes into creating the algorithms that then help define the direction and even flow of the work; What is the difference between using algorithms with live performers to just having a digital conversation (… check out HELLO HI THERE); how this forms new ideas on collaboration with collaborators from both the technology world and the world of the theater.  

Director and writer Annie Dorsen works in a variety of fields, including theatre, film, dance and, as of 2010, digital performance.  Most recently, Hello Hi There premiered at the streirischer herbst festival (Graz), and was presented at Black Box Teatre (Oslo), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) and PS122 (New York), among others.  She is the co-creator of the 2008 Broadway musical Passing Strange, which she also directed. Spike Lee made a film of her production of the piece, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, subsequently screened at South by Southwest Film Festival and The Tribeca Film Festival, and was released theatrically by IFC in 2010 before being broadcast on PBS’ Great Performances.  Also in 2010, she collaborated with choreographer Anne Juren on Magical  (premiere at ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna) and with Ms. Juren and DD Dorviller on Pièce Sans Paroles (brut Vienna and Rencontres Choréographiques Internationales Seine-St-Denis, Paris). In 2009 she created two music-theatre pieces, Ask Your Mama, a setting of Langston Hughes’ 1962 poem, composed by Laura Karpman and sung by Jessye Norman and The Roots (Carnegie Hall) and ETHEL’s Truckstop, seen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. Her pop-political performance project Democracy in America was presented at PS122 in spring 2008.