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jim findlay, dream of red chamber, brill buildingJim Findlay's Dream of the Red Chamber, a performance for a sleeping audience. Presented in partnership with Allied Partners and Brickman Real Estate. A Collapsable Giraffe and 3-Legged Dog production. May 9, 2014. Photograph by Clint Spaulding for @TSqArts

Presented in partnership with Allied Partners and Brickman Real Estate
A Collapsable Giraffe and 3-Legged Dog production
Curated by Performance Space 122

May 9 - 17, 2014
Brill Building, 1619 Broadway

Enter through storefront entrance at 1623 Broadway near 49th Street

Admission is free. Audience members may arrive, depart and return at any time but your seat or spot is not guaranteed if you leave and then return.


Performance Schedule

Friday, May 9 5 pm – 12 am (last entry at 11 pm)
Saturday, May 10 5 pm – 6 am (last entry at 5 am)
Tuesday, May 13 5 pm – 12 am (last entry at 11 pm)
Wednesday, May 14 5 pm – 12 am (last entry at 11 pm)
Thursday, May 15 5 pm – 12 am (last entry at 11 pm)
Friday, May 16 5 pm – 12 am (last entry at 11 pm)
Saturday, May 17 5 pm – 6 am (last entry at 5 am)


Times Square Arts, in partnership with Allied Partners and Brickman Real Estate, present Dream of the Red Chamber, a performance for a sleeping audience, produced by Collapsable Giraffe and 3-Legged Dog. A literal dream play, the work is performed for an audience that is encouraged to experience the work while they fall in and out of sleep. This durational performance installation invites the audience to take an immersive journey through Cao Xueqin's 18th century Chinese novel "Dream of the Red Chamber" -- an epic love story between a stone and a flower, framed by a dizzying series of metaphysical dreams.

The set, video, sound, and lighting design of Dream of the Red Chamber, a performance for a sleeping audience will transform the vast basement space of the iconic Brill Building into an environment that advocates and facilitates sleep. The audience can choose to experience the work while lying and/or sleeping in one of the many beds that will fill the basement, or sit and watch from a more traditional chair, as the performers travel through the space and the story unfolds.

Memorable dreams from your experience? Share your dreams on the Dream Log here.

 

jim findlay's dream of the red chamber brill buildingJim Findlay's Dream of the Red Chamber, a performance for a sleeping audience. Presented in partnership with Allied Partners and Brickman Real Estate. A Collapsable Giraffe and 3-Legged Dog production. May 9, 2014. Photograph by Clint Spaulding for @TsqArts
 

jim findlay, dream of red chamber, brill buildingJim Findlay's Dream of the Red Chamber, a performance for a sleeping audience. Presented in partnership with Allied Partners and Brickman Real Estate. A Collapsable Giraffe and 3-Legged Dog production. May 9, 2014. Photograph by Clint Spaulding for @TSqArts
 

jim findlay, dream of red chamber, brill buildingJim Findlay's Dream of the Red Chamber, a performance for a sleeping audience. Presented in partnership with Allied Partners and Brickman Real Estate. A Collapsable Giraffe and 3-Legged Dog production. May 9, 2014. Photograph by Clint Spaulding for @TSqArts

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The design team includes Jim Findlay and Josh Higgason (video & set), Jamie McElhinney (sound), Christopher Kuhl (lights), Enver Chakartash with Maurina Lioce (costumes); other collaborators include Sissi Liu (dramaturg), Teresa Hartmann (stage manager), Maurina Lioce (assistant director), and Joel Bassin (producer). With Performances by Christina Campanella, James Dawson, Liz Sargent, Kaneza Schaal, and Rebecca Warner; with Okwui Okpokwasili, Emily Pintel, Aleta Findlay, HyoJu Hong; and featuring Jennifer Charles, Kitty Louise, and Kate Moran on video. Original music by Brooklyn-based band Elysian Fields.

Dream of the Red Chamber, a performance for a sleeping audience has been supported by The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Nancy Quinn Fund and Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund — programs of A.R.T./NY; The MacDowell Colony; a creative development residency at Mount Tremper Arts; The Performing Garage Presents which is made possible by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation; a commission from Mass Live Arts; Duke Department of Theater Studies’ Theater Previews New Works Lab; Martin E. Segal Theatre Center’s Prelude, New York State Council on the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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About the Artists

Jim Findlay works across specialties as a creator, director, designer, and performer with a constellation of theater, performance, and music groups. He was a founding member and primary collaborator in both the experimentally groundbreaking Collapsable Giraffe and the internationally successful music/media performance company Accinosco/Cynthia Hopkins, as well as being a resident artist at The Wooster Group from 1994-2003. Findlay's most recent projects include David Lang's Whisper Opera at Lincoln Center (2013) and Botanica at 3LD Art + Technology Center (2012). He has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, UCross Foundation, Baryshnikov Art Center, and Mount Tremper Arts, grants from the MAP Fund, Jerome Foundation, the Princess Grace Foundation, Nancy Quinn Foundation, Toobin Foundation, and the Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund. Awards include 3 Obies, 2 Bessies, a Lucille Lortel award, and Henry Hewes Design Award. The Walker Art Center recently acquired Findlay and Ralph Lemon's installation work Meditation for its permanent collection, which has been exhibited at the Walker, Krannert Center, Yerba Buena Art Center, and The Kitchen. To learn more please visit  www.dreamoftheredchamber.com/artists/

Jeff Jackson (co-writer) is a novelist, playwright, and editor. He is the author of the novel Mira Corpora, published this fall by Two Dollar Radio. It was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and appeared on "Best of 2013" lists in slate, salon, flavorwire, and the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography. It was positively reviewed in the Wall Street Journal and Bookforum, and received advanced praise from Don DeLillo and Dennis Cooper. Mira Corpora will also be published in the UK, France, and Italy. Jackson's short fiction has appeared in Vice, Guernica, and The Collagist, the anthology Userlands, and been performed in NYC and Los Angeles by New River Dramatists. He edited the literary anthologies Topograph and The Portable Lentricchia. Five of Jackson's plays have been produced by the Obie award winning Collapsable Giraffe in New York including Botanica, Witch Mountain/Black Tarantula, and Damfino. He is the recipient of fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center.


About the Producers

The Collapsable Giraffe aims to energize a new audience for live theater by producing and presenting unique events that openly engage, grapple with, and expand the terrain of what live performance is now and will be in the future. Focusing on bold experimentation in form, content, and technology the Giraffe supports and develops the projects of company artists Iver Findlay, Jim Findlay, and Amy Huggans, as well as many unaffiliated artists, hosting residencies and performances by Elevator Repair Service (first workshop performances of Gatz), Big Dance Theater, Cynthia Hopkins, Stew and Heidi Rodewald, National Theater of the United States (NTUSA), Banana Bag and Bodice, Hoi Polloi, and many others. This project marks the company's return to Times Square after having last produced the pioneering show 3 Virgins in 1999 at Show World. This adaptation of a play by a 10th century female playwright Hrotsvita was the first "legit" show in that space and inspired a wave of other theater companies to follow. To learn more please visit www.collapsablegiraffe.org

3-Legged Dog is a community-oriented and artist-run production development studio. We offer artists a unique experience with specialized equipment, flexible space and expert knowledge, as well as the desperately needed time to fully realize their visions. If New York City is to remain at the forefront of cultural production, then its artists must have the means to create cutting-edge work. Opened by the company in 2006, 3LD Art & Technology Center is a 12,500 square foot multi-venue facility on lower Greenwich Street, two and half blocks below the WTC site. From this home base, we produce our own large-scale artwork while offering space, state-of-the-art equipment, and training to artists-in-residence for the development of their ambitious and experimental projects. 3LD has received support from The Department of Cultural Affairs, The Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Fund of the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Doris Duke Foundation, The Downtown Alliance, American Express Foundation, The Marty and Dorothy Silverman Foundation, The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, FJC Foundation of Donor Advised Funds, Fund for the City of New York, Alliance of Resident Theaters New York and La Vida Feliz Foundation. This production was supported with earned revenue from the 3LD Production Fund. To learn more please visit www.3ld.org 

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