::: 06.04.15 *YESTERDAY TOMORROW* Holland Festival, Amsterdam
::: 09.23.14 MAGICAL Lyon Biennale de la Danse, Lyon
::: 09.22.14 MAGICAL Lyon Biennale de la Danse, Lyon
::: 09.19.14 SPOKAOKE Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art
::: 05.28.14 MAGICAL Théâtre de l'Usine, Geneva
::: 05.27.14 MAGICAL Théâtre de l'Usine, Geneva
::: 05.05.14 MAGICAL Summerblut Festival, Cologne
::: 05.04.14 MAGICAL Summerblut Festival, Cologne
::: 03.15.14 MAGICAL Kaaitheater, Brussels
::: 01.31.14 MAGICAL Gessnerallee, Zurich
::: 01.30.14 MAGICAL Gessnerallee, Zurich
::: 01.18.14 SPAN TALK, Coil Festival NYC
::: 12.21.13 A PIECE OF WORK Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC
::: 12.20.13 A PIECE OF WORK Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC
::: 12.19.13 A PIECE OF WORK Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC
::: 12.18.13 A PIECE OF WORK Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC
::: 11.23.13 A PIECE OF WORK La Villette, Paris
::: 11.22.13 A PIECE OF WORK La Villette, Paris
::: 11.20.13 MAGICAL Sophiensaele, Berlin
::: 11.19.13 HELLO HI THERE La Villette, Paris
::: 11.19.13 MAGICAL Sophiensaele, Berlin
::: 11.18.13 HELLO HI THERE La Villette, Paris
::: 09.28.13 A PIECE OF WORK De Keuze Festival, Rotterdam
::: 09.27.13 A PIECE OF WORK De Keuze Festival, Rotterdam
::: 09.21.13 SPOKAOKE Crossing the Line Festival, NYC
::: 08.26.13 HELLO HI THERE Augusti TantsuFestival, Tallinn
::: 05.30.13 HELLO HI THERE Bitforms Gallery, NY
::: 04.10.13 HELLO HI THERE Siana Festival, Evry
::: 04.06.13 A PIECE OF WORK brut, Vienna
::: 04.05.13 A PIECE OF WORK brut, Vienna
::: 03.29.13 HELLO HI THERE Theatre le Granit, Belfort
::: 03.28.13 HELLO HI THERE Theatre le Granit, Belfort
::: 03.22.13 SPOKEN KARAOKE Bit Teatergarasjen, Bergen
::: 03.21.13 A PIECE OF WORK Bit Teatergarasjen, Bergen
::: 03.20.13 A PIECE OF WORK Bit Teatergarasjen, Bergen
::: 03.16.13 SPOKEN KARAOKE Oslo International Theatre Festival, Oslo
::: 03.15.13 A PIECE OF WORK Oslo International Theatre Festival, Oslo
::: 03.14.13 A PIECE OF WORK Oslo International Theatre Festival, Oslo
::: 02.24.13 A PIECE OF WORK On the Boards, Seattle
::: 02.23.13 A PIECE OF WORK On the Boards, Seattle
::: 02.22.13 A PIECE OF WORK On the Boards, Seattle
::: 02.21.13 *A PIECE OF WORK* On the Boards, Seattle
::: 01.26.13 HELLO HI THERE Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
::: 01.19.13 MAGICAL New York Live Arts/Coil Festival, NYC
::: 01.18.13 MAGICAL New York Live Arts/Coil Festival, NYC
::: 01.17.13 MAGICAL New York Live Arts/Coil Festival, NYC
::: 01.15.13 MAGICAL New York Live Arts/Coil Festival, NYC
::: 11.27.12 HELLO HI THERE Bard Live Arts, NY
::: 10.31.12 HELLO HI THERE 4+4 Days in Motion, Prague
::: 10.26.12 MAGICAL Black Box Teatr, Oslo
::: 10.25.12 MAGICAL Black Box Teatr, Oslo
::: 10.04.12 SPOKEN KARAOKE Prelude Festival, NYC
::: 09.27.12 MAGICAL Aura Dance Festival, Kaunas
::: 09.22.12 *SPOKEN KARAOKE* Steirischer Herbst, Graz
::: 07.26.12 MAGICAL Impulstanz, Vienna
::: 07.25.12 HELLO HI THERE, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
::: 05.04.12 MAGICAL Dansenhus, Stockholm
::: 05.03.12 MAGICAL Dansenhus, Stockholm
::: 04.20.12 SHUFFLE CULTURE Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY
::: 04.19.12 SHUFFLE CULTURE Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY
::: 02.18.12 HELLO HI THERE, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, NY
::: 12.31.11 MAGICAL Brut, Vienna
::: 12.30.11 MAGICAL Brut, Vienna
::: 10.19.11 Lecture @ Columbia Computer Science Dept on Digital Theatre
::: 08.24.11 HELLO HI THERE Noorderzon Festival, Groningen
::: 08.23.11 HELLO HI THERE Noorderzon Festival, Groningen
::: 08.22.11 HELLO HI THERE Noorderzon Festival, Groningen
::: 07.12.11 MAGICAL Sommerszene, Salzburg
::: 07.12.11 HELLO HI THERE Sommerszene, Salzburg
::: 07.11.11 MAGICAL Sommerszene, Salzburg
::: 05.20.14 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts
::: 07.08.13 Truth is Concrete in Theater Magazine
::: 12.29.12 Yelena Gluzman's response to my algorithmic theatre essay
::: 10.11.12 Getting hypnotized by Joris Lacoste @ Crossing the Line
::: 09.21.12 Truth is Concrete
::: 08.07.12 On Algorithmic Theatre
::: 07.11.12 Hello Hi There issue of Theater Magazine
::: 11.18.11 New Occupy Wall Street blog post for LRB
::: 10.12.11 My blog post for London Review of Books about Occupy Wall Street.
::: 08.23.11 How To Do Things By Theory
::: 08.21.11 I am now officially certified yoga teacher.
::: 05.04.11 Theme from Mahogany
::: 04.28.11 Geminoid DK Mechanical Test
::: 04.28.11 Objects without Property
::: 04.17.11 The Art World as a Form of Politics
::: NY Times To Thine Own Algorithm Be True
::: NY Times Critic's Notebook on Spokaoke at CtL
::: Arts Culture Beat Pop Politics
::: NY Theatre Review Spokaoke at Crossing the Line
::: Theaterkrant Computer Cuts up Hamlet
::: New Scientist A play that could go 84 million ways
::: Fuse Questlove's Electrifying Shuffle Culture
::: Whatever #3 Annie Dorsen talks to Una Bauer
::: Morgenbladet (Oslo) The spirit of the machine Annie Dorsen...
::: Culturebot Talking to Annie Dorsen
::: Village Voice Hello Hi There--Theater for Downtown Machines
::: New York Times 5 Questions About ‘Hello Hi There’
::: Austrian Press Reviews for 'Hello Hi There'
::: NPR 'Ask Your Mama': A Music And Poetry Premiere
::: Art’O (The futurity of) democracy in America: utopia as...
::: BAMezine Questions for Annie Dorsen
::: New York Times Sympathy for the Stones From a String Quartet
::: American Theatre Annie Dorsen Puts Democracy on The Market...
::: New York Magazine A Less Cheesy Musical
::: New York Times It’s a Hard Rock Life
Annie Dorsen works in a variety of fields, including theatre, film, dance and, as of 2010, digital performance. Most recently, A Piece of Work premiered at On the Boards (Seattle) and was presented at BlackBox (Olso), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen) and brut (Vienna.) Hello Hi There premiered at the streirischer herbst festival (Graz), and was presented at Black Box, BIT Teatergarasjen, Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) and PS122 (New York). She is the co-creator of the 2008 Broadway musical Passing Strange, which she also
directed. Spike Lee has since 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 (ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna, Side Step Festival Helsinki, Théatre de la Cité
International Paris, Kampnagel Hamburg and others) 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. Her short film, I Miss, originally the centerpieceof Democracy in America, screened at American Film Institute Festival (AFI Fest), SXSW Film Festival, The New York Film Festival's "Views From the Avant-Garde" and the Nantucket Film Festival. In addition to numerous awards for Passing Strange, Ms. Dorsen has received several fellowships, notably the Sir John Gielgud Fellowship from the Society of Stage Directors and
Choreographers. She has taught at Bard College, New York University and Fordham University, and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Happy to announce that I am the recipient of this year's Alpert Award for theater.
I wrote a text about Truth is Concrete for Theater Magazine's summer issue, but it's locked. Too bad! You can read it if you want to pay. Or ask me and I'll send it to you.
The summer 2012 issue of Theater Magazine published Annie Dorsen’s manifesto on Algorithmic Theater, in which she describes her performance Hello Hi There and discusses what it might mean in the context of theater history. Dorsen’s intriguing performance (of which I saw an online excerpt, but hope to see “live” and in its entirety at PS122 in January) consists largely of two laptops on stage, improvising a dialogue via chatbots. The chatbots’ chatter is generated by a program designed to mimic human speech, a program which is by definition based in algorithms, and therefore, Dorsen claims, when we watch the performance, what we are watching is the play of algorithms. Everything else we see there—narrative, consciousness, meaning—is brought to being by our own desires and habits of seeing.
As part of Joris' performance 4 Prepared Dreams, I will be hypnotized and my unconscious will be laid bare for all to ogle...
Art and politics always have been in strange love/hate relationships. “Truth is concrete” purposely ignores many of the borders, conflicts and resentments. Art is not activism, and activism is not art. But the common ground, the shared space is large and important. It offers a chance for art to be engaged, connected and relevant. And it offers activism a chance not to get stuck in ideology, routine and functionarism, a chance to stay unpredictable and sharp. “Truth is concrete” takes a close look at what happens where the differences between art and activism lose importance.
Over the course of its long history, theater has generally served to reflect, invoke or extend what we understand a human to be. We rig the mirror held up to nature to tilt towards man, displayed within an ever-changing diorama alongside the various institutions of his time: the gods, God, society, the state, the family.
"Digital Dramaturgies" issue includes an interview with me by Alexis Soloski and an excerpt of Hello Hi There
On Tuesday morning, just a few hours into the post-eviction era of Occupy Wall Street, Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times tweeted: ‘Could #Bloomberg be a secret Occupy Wall Streeter? He seems to have just revived the movement.’
On my first visit to Occupy Wall Street, two weeks ago (but it might as well be years, given how rapidly the movement is growing and changing), I sat in on a meeting of the Media Committee. A paper was being passed around, and we were asked to provide email addresses, a list of our skills and the equipment....
Lots of interesting things to read, from Walking Theory (TkH) Belgrade, realized during a 3-year program at Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Paris.
Mechnical test of Geminoid DK
Still pretty far from the end result, but interesting nonetheless.
Support PAF (Performing Arts Forum) to create a fund for the necessary renovation of the building.
This is a catalogue listing all movable objects present in the building. There are 10.000 objects that you can buy and leave there to make their use possible for all PAF residents.
"I am really not trying to be cynical. Actually I think the dilemma to some degree flows from the very nature of politics. One thing the explosion of the avant garde did accomplish was to destroy the boundaries between art and politics, to make clear in fact that art was always, really, a form of politics ..."
Equipped with only an iPhone 4, AndrewAndrew shoots, edits and posts their "Insta-Review" of Hello Hi There playing at PS122, part of PS122's COIL festival.
Human creativity is something of a mystery, not to say a paradox. One new idea may be creative, while another is merely new. What’s the difference? And how is creativity possible? Creative ideas are unpredictable. Sometimes, they even seem to be impossible — and yet they happen. How can that be explained?