2024 INTERSECTION: Performance Series

 Original Performance, Cutting-Edge Collaborations and

Featured Works


About INTERSECTION

Torn Space is launching a new season of exciting interdisciplinary performances in the 2024 INTERSECTION: Performance Series through four key tiers of programming: the Individual Artist Series, Site-Specific Works, Agents of Change, and the Mainstage Series. These tiers allow Torn Space to provide Buffalo audiences and artists with a platform for avant-garde, interdisciplinary performance experiences, to create unique gathering spaces for creatives whose work is siloed in specific communities, and to offer original groundbreaking performances in its signature design-forward style.

In 2024 Torn Space will complete its final phase of transformative capital renovations, creating a multi-purpose arts campus on the East Side with opportunities for outdoor performance and social engagement, an improved accessible entryway for audience comfort, and expanded performer and technical space to make Torn Space a first-rate creative laboratory. This space will continue to support the growing INTERSECTION: Performance Series as it explores a wide selection of events intersecting place, generation, identity and discipline.

In the Individual Artist Series, Torn Space welcomes back: Sneakvibing for another night of female hip hop features curated by Schondra Aytch; University at Buffalo’s Coalesce: Center for Biological Arts with a bio artist presentation; and Groupwork with a new original multimedia audio and visual installation. Agents of Change, Torn Space’s annual educational and social justice outreach program, will continue to expand with student community engagement, a public environmental action, and a live presentation at the theater. Site-specific works will include the return of Camp Everything at Dyngus Day and Pride parades, the return and expansion of fashion show-meets-block party-meets-performance installation CrossWalk on Paderewski and Wilson, and Commensality, an immersive dinner performance at Silo City. Finally, the season will close with a Mainstage performance of a scripted play which will hit the stage in early 2025 once our East Side campus renovations are complete. All events feature opportunities for audiences to engage with the work and with each other in unique ways, part of Torn Space’s evolution into a creative event designer, curator and platform, continuing the experiment of community ritual as performance.

At the center of this project is Torn Space Theater’s continued partnership with the historic Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle (AMLDC) located at 612 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo NY, in the heart of the Broadway/Fillmore community. Torn Space has been operating out of the AMLDC since 2000 and we are thrilled to welcome back the public to the renovated and expanded facility. The Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle was founded 128 years ago as a place for intellectual dialogue of art, theater and life to newly settled Polish immigrants who settled in Buffalo, NY and continued to arrive after World War II. The Broadway/Fillmore neighborhood is experiencing a rebirth with new immigrant populations, creating a dynamic and culturally rich environment. The AMLDC is one of Buffalo’s oldest continuously operating cultural institutions in WNY, featuring historic archives in their newly renovated library while providing old world hospitality with one of the largest assortment of Polish beers and liquors outside of Poland.

2024 INTERSECTION Performances:

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST SERIES


LUCA

Date: April 27, 2024 7:00pm, 8:00pm – Artist talk to follow each performance.
Venue: 612 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo

Tickets: $20 General

Torn Space collaborates with University at Buffalo’s Coalesce: Center for Biological Arts, to present an interactive installation performance-in-progress by artist Tansy Xiao. LUCA explores positioning humans as just one element within the ecosystem rather than at the apex of a hierarchical structure. Performance begins at 7pm followed by an artist talk.

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Ladies First

Date: May 11, 2024 7:00pm
Venue: 612 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo

Tickets: $25 General, $10 Student

A deeper look at the women driving Buffalo’s burgeoning hip-hop scene.
Curated by Schondra Aytch.
Presented by Sneakvibing X Torn Space Theater

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Middle distance, 2023 – Photo credit: Jessica Ahrens

Groupwork

Dates: TBA
Venue: 612 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo

Buffalo-based collective Groupwork returns with a new experiential digital performance installation design. Known for their ecstatic curated pop-up rave experiences, Groupwork presents a more expansive, immersive and meditative audio-visual experience.

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SITE-SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE

camp everything, 2022 – Photo credit: wes adamski

Camp Everything

Dates: April 1, 2024 and June 2, 2024
Venue: Dyngus Day Parade and Buffalo Pride Parade – Float Installation

These events are free and open to the public. For more info about the Dyngus Day Parade, visit the Dyngus Day Website. For more info about the Buffalo Pride Parade, visit the Pride Week Website.

A multimedia installation and performance designed in collaboration with Adam Weekley for the Dyngus Day Parade and the Buffalo Pride Parade celebrating acceptance and inclusivity, a partner project with the Burchfield-Penney Art Gallery supported by the Cullen Foundation.


crosswalk, 2022 – Photo credit: nickel city headshots

CrossWalk

Date: June 15, 2024 7:00pm, Rain date: June 16, 2024 7:00pm
Venue: Torn Space Theater – 612 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo – Check-in at the theater, performance will take place behind the theater at the corner of Wilson and Paderewski.

Tickets: $30 General

Designed for an open lot with the surrounding landscape, changing sunlight, and architecture providing the visual context, CrossWalk takes place at an intersection where ideas, visuals and cultures meet and converge in a conceptual fashion world featuring community members as models. Stop Traffic. You have the right of way.

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the gathering, 2017 – Photo credit: michael w. Thomas

Commensality

Dates: August 12-14, 19-21, 2022
Venue: Silo City – 85 Silo City Row, Buffalo

Tickets: $40 General, Available Soon

Commensality: (n) a social group that eats together. the practice of eating and drinking at the same table, creates relationships and sets boundaries. In this collaborative performance in partnership with Always Something Farm, the dinner table is the performance. Four courses of tastings bring an intimate audience together in the epic landscape of Silo City.

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AGENTS OF CHANGE

agents of change, 2022 – Photo credit: nickel city headshots

Agents of Change

Live Performance Event – June TBA
Venue: Torn Space Theater – 612 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo, NY 14212
Tickets: Free, Available Soon

A collaboration with Lafayette International High School and Re-Tree Buffalo, Torn Space’s annual education and community outreach project will plant trees in the surrounding neighborhood along with a public celebration recognizing organizations that work for environmental equity. This project is part of Just Buffalo Literary Center’s The Civil Writes Project.

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MAINSTAGE SERIES

the homecoming, 2023 – Photo credit: nickel CIty Headshots

Mainstage Performance

Torn Space will present an innovative interpretation of a dramatic classic following the completion of its newly completed lobby, green rooms, technical booth and theater space.

Dates: Returns in February 2025
Venue: 612 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo


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The 2024 INTERSECTION: Performance Series is made possible with lead support from the Cullen Foundation, M&T Bank, Erie County, the City of Buffalo, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This programming is also made possible thanks to partnering organizations: University at Buffalo’s Coalesce, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Sneakvibing, Silo City, UB Art Galleries, Groupwork, and the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle