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Art: Performance

Language of the Land: Asher Hartman


Wednesday Dec 12, 2012 (7–9pm)



LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) (Venue Partner)

6522 Hollywood Boulevard



$10 / $5 students / FREE for LACE Members

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Director Asher Hartman creates an interactive piece that brings a new and unexpected perspective to our preconceived notions of theater. Language of the Land challenges ideas of performance in general, taking the form of a proactive grapple with popular conventions in which theater is often oversimplified and spurned. Here, the audience becomes part of the show (sort of), igniting a kind of theater-from-within in which participation has the potential to ignite highly personal experience, with themes that only become truly evident after it's all over.

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LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) says…

LACE, in collaboration with curator Brian Getnick, proudly presents the work of performance theater director Asher Hartman.

In his current project at LACE, Hartman will publicly explore a new play about a man who is slowly being drawn through fluctuating realities and the effect that his creative and destructive impulses have on his friends. The play is in the early stages of development and the actors are all new to the material. The viewer is invited to participate in the rehearsal by crossing a roving "fourth wall" between actor and audience. Once the viewer enters the play, she becomes an actor subject to direction in all of its stumbling ferocity. The experience may be akin to accidentally stepping onto a film set, suddenly finding oneself swept into the action. The viewer sees the process of production from within, possibly redirecting it for good as her contributions may end up in a final draft of the play, which goes into formal rehearsal next year.

By opening the writing and rehearsal process to engagement, the vulnerability of performance with text, sometimes called acting, and its striking psychological and technical difficulties, become the subject of a discussion that takes place with the audience on its feet. Watching may be interesting, but stepping in radically alters the conversation.

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