May 4-14, 2011 at The Brick Theater
New music ensemble thingNY and theatre performance co-operative the Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) present TIME: A Complete Explanation in Three Parts, a devised, multimedia work that zealously attempts to communicate one of humanity’s most important yet elusive concepts. Exploiting the diverse and virtuosic skills of thingNY’s and PPL’s composers, actors, and multidisciplinary artists, the piece examines the histories, cultural role, and science of time through print, video and the performance of experiments and sequences created collaboratively by the two ensembles working as one. This hybrid of experimental music, theatre and written work forms an intricately mechanized “timepiece” which tells of time throughout time, in real time, and sometimes just in time.
The work is influenced by the chance-based and aleatoric modes of the music of John Cage and Gerard Grisey, the durational modes of the performance art of Tehching Hsieh and Bas Jan Ader, the public theatre forms of the Berlinner Ensemble, the post-dramatic work of companies like KASSYS, and the philosophies and science of Nietzsche, Artistotle, Heidegger, Husserl, Einstein, and many others. The live performance is a segment of the full work, which extends through and beyond the production in the form of a 300-page Performance Book.