World-premiere by Kenneth Collins, John Toohill, Brian Milbrand, and Eclectric Oil and Light.

Five Songs for Fillmore Avenue
By Kenneth Collins | A Torn Space Theater Residency

Dates: July 16-18,  9:00 PM
Venue: Torn Space Theater – 612 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo, NY 14212
Tickets: $15 Tickets sold separately for Intersection Prototype.

Five Songs for Fillmore Avenue is the world-premiere of a new site-specific performance that combines theatre, cinema, and live music. Buffalo-based musician John Toohill (Night Slaves; Radiation Risks; Alpha Hopper) fronts his newly formed band NINES MECCA as the composer for this new project blending garage, noise, rock and roll, and psychedelia into 5 shots of absolutely blistering hardcore punk. Each sonic wall is punctuated by trancelike, experimental passages that accompany projection designer Brian Milbrand’s video collage work, accompanied by lighting design and installation by Buffalo’s Eclectric Oil and Light. Five Songs for Fillmore Avenue is conceptualized by Kenneth Collins, the Artistic Director of New York City’s Temporary Distortion (“The hallmark of this company is a tight integration of style and substance.” – The New York Times), as part of a Creative Arts Initiative residency at the University at Buffalo. This project will be available as a digital experience, a recorded album, and as a distanced, live outdoors performance in the courtyard of the Torn Space design studio.

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Artist Biography

Kenneth Collins is an interdisciplinary artist living in New York City and working internationally, specializing in theatrical design and postdramatic performance.

He is the founder and Artistic Director of Temporary Distortion, a genre-bending performance group whose work explores the potential tensions and overlaps found between practices in visual art, theater, cinema, and music. He works across and between disciplines to create installation-based performances, visual art, films, albums, and works for the stage.

His work with Temporary Distortion has been seen in the United States, Canada, Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, Japan, South Korea, and Australia.

About Temporary Distortion

Temporary Distortion explores the potential tensions and overlaps found between practices in visual art, theater, cinema, and music. The group works across and between disciplines to create performances, installations, films, albums, and works for the stage that have been shown in over 25 cities in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States.

Interdisciplinary artist Kenneth Collins formed Temporary Distortion in 2002 when he began staging intimate performances in claustrophobic, life-size shadow boxes in New York City. Temporary Distortion’s recent work has focused on long-duration, installation-based performances featuring live music, during which spectators are encouraged to come and go throughout all-night events.

Temporary Distortion is based in New York City, where its work has been presented at The Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater and Performance Space 122. The Company’s work has also been presented internationally at: Brisbane Powerhouse (Brisbane, AU), Exit Festival (Paris, FR), Gare Saint-Sauveur (Lille, FR), LiFE (Saint-Nazaire, FR), Mois Multi (Quebec City, CA), On the Boards (Seattle, WA), Prague Quadrennial (Prague, CZ), Salzburg Festival (Salzburg, AT), SPAC (Shizuoka, JP), Théâtre de l’Agora (Évry, FR), Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse, FR), Theatre Junction (Calgary, CA), Theatre National de Toulouse (Toulouse, FR), Trafó (Budapest, HU), Usine-C (Montreal, CA), and Via Festival (Maubeuge, FR).

Articles discussing Temporary Distortion’s work have been published in Contemporary Theatre Review, The Drama Review, The New York Times, TheatreForum, Live Design, Real Time Arts, and The Brooklyn Rail, with an upcoming profile in Chance Magazine.