Performers and Performances

The Illusion & The Aftermath

Experiential performance by internationally-acclaimed company, Temporary Distortion

Dates: June 7-8, 2019 
Venue: 612 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo, NY 14212

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This performance by Temporary Distortion unfolds slowly over the course of four hours for a meditating audience. Meditation cushions and headphones are provided for the audience to come and go as they please, staying for only as long as they would like. For someone in the room without headphones, the performance is virtually silent.

“Takes the concert experience and turns it into something private and luxe.” — Time Out NY


An original site-inspired spectacle by Torn Space Theater

Dates: August 9-18, 2019 
Venue: Silo City – 105 Silo City Row Buffalo, NY 14203

Torn Space Theater returns to Silo City with its seventh original site-specific spectacle. This sprawling production will combine projection, lighting, sound, sculpture and live performance to create an unforgettable immersive theatrical experience amid Buffalo’s signature industrial monuments. Combining the artifacts and ideologies of our collective experience, Torn Space builds on the legacy of its site-specific work, curating a parallel silo-dwelling community that welcomes audiences to observe and participate in its own unique culture, practices, and rituals.

“There might be nothing more exciting happening in Buffalo performance than Torn Space’s work at Silo City.”  – Buffalo Spree

Custodians of Beauty

WNY Premiere by award-winning Palissimo Company

Dates: September 20-21, 2019 
Venue: Silo City – 105 Silo City Row Buffalo, NY 14203

Custodians of Beauty forges towards abstraction, minimalism, and restrained expressive modes while amplifying potency of an image; human body as sculpture, emotional trigger, or a political symbol. In an age when humanity, disenchanted with itself, seems to have rejected the necessity of beauty, Custodians of Beauty asks us to look again, beyond the surface, to see differently.

“There is scant middle ground in Pavel Zuštiak’s work. Violence and desire, fear and rapture, pain and giddiness — he traffics in extremes, often slammed against one another in uncomfortably close quarters.” – The New York Times

Manmade Earth 

The 600 HIGHWAYMEN original returns after its NYC premiere.

Dates: October 4-13, 2019 
Venue: 612 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo, NY 14212

Manmade Earth features eight teenagers living in Buffalo from across the globe. Having workshopped the piece from scratch for the 2018 Response Festival , 600 HIGHWAYMEN’s work returns in its final iteration following a NYC premiere.

“Just when you think you might be getting a little cynical about the theatre… think about 600 HIGHWAYMEN.”  – The New Yorker

The RESPONSE PERFORMANCE SERIES is made possible with support from M&T Bank, NYSCA, Erie County, and the City of Buffalo.