Annie Dorsen (USA)
Hello hi there
- Friday Sep 14 / 7.30 pm, Archa Theatre
New York multimedia artist Annie Dorsen, a recipient of the prestigious Obie Award, has created a performance without people: Hello Hi There is a dialogue between two specially developed “chatbots”. Each evening, these computer programs give a live performance of a new text, like improvisation. Dorsen was inspired by a well-known 1970s television debate between philosopher Michel Foucault and linguist and activist Noam Chomsky. As a result, we can see what happens and witness the world of ideas that is created when two computers start to talk about people.
Hello Hi There had its premiere at the steirischer herbst festival in Graz, and has also been shown among other places in Oslo, Bergen, and Berlin. In January 2011, it could be seen at New York’s prestigious off-Broadway venue PS122.
Works with theater, film, dance, and digital performances. She is the co-author and director of the 2008 Broadway musical Passing Strange, for which she received numerous awards and grants. Renowned director Spike Lee’s film of the performance premiered at Sundance (2009), was later shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was even released in American theatrical distribution. Dorsen also writes musical theater plays, and enjoyed great success with her political piece Democracy in America. She also makes short films. She is a graduate of the prestigious Yale School of Drama.
More information at www.anniedorsen.com
Concept and Direction: Annie Dorsen
Video and projections: Kate Howard
Systems and sound design: Jeff Gray
Set Design and Light design: Edward Pierce
Chatbot software design: Robby Garner
Consultation: Nicolas Siepen and Berno Odo Polzer
Technical Management: Cyd Cahill
Technical Support: Ruth Waldeyer
General Management: Lisa Schmidt
Co-producers: steirischer herbst (Graz), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Black Box Teater (Oslo), PS122 (NYC)
Supported by: US Embassy
Copyright of photography: Paul McGeiver, steirischer herbst / w. silveri
Duration: 65 min.
In English with Czech translation.