Every summer, Torn Space enacts a ritual, via a mythical society, to celebrate what has been metaphorically cultivated familially, socially, and globally. This year, the society invites you to open the ceremony with an intimate auditory experience, allowing you to engage in public ritual on an individual level.

Passage is a personal performance piece; choose the time of day you find most beautiful to experience it. This is a solitary experience; while you may travel with another person you should stay within your own space. Seek out a beautiful location. Maybe it’s a park, the open streets or your own backyard. If you can’t be outdoors choose a quiet, comfortable place in your home. You may sit still or move through space. The experience lasts 30 minutes. Sound provides the entrance; access the sound through the best means possible. When on your journey consider transitions and the passage of time. You are the ceremony. This is the ritual. Witness the reawakening.

Listen to PASSAGE


Because I know that time is always time
And place is always and only place
And what is actual is actual only for one time
And only for one place

– TS Eliot


Sound Design by Justin Rowland Performed by Diane Gaidry Directed by Dan Shanahan and Melissa Meola Managing Director Marisa Caruso Marketing Design and Logistics Tim Stegner

The following text was referenced in this sound piece: Walt Whitman, “When Lilacs Last in the Doryard Bloom’d” Henry James, Portrait of a Lady Arseny Tarkovsky, “First Meeting”

The following music was referenced in this sound piece: Franz Liszt Consolation No.3 In D-Flat Major performed by Sylvia Capova; Beethoven Symphony No.7 In A, Opus 92:II. Allegretto (The Kings Speech) performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra; Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.1 In G Major performed by Yo Yo Ma; Cello Suite No.4 In E Flat Major performed by Jorg Baumann

Passage first appeared as the soundscape to a boat ride for premier ticket holders of the 2018 Torn Space site-specific production STATIONS. It has been updated for this solo experience release.

Suggested Donation $10

Because we know times are tough right now, we are offering this experience for free. If you are able to, please consider making a donation to allow us to continue developing innovative and thought-provoking works.



This project is based possible through the generous support of the Cullen Foundation, NYSCA and The Regional Economic Development Council, Erie County and M&T Bank.

We would like to thank all our sponsors for supporting the work that we do.