By 600 Highwaymen (NYC) | Part of the Response Performance Festival (2018)
ABOUT THE WORK
Manmade Earth is at the intersection of performance and installation. A guided performance that is created by the attending audience, this piece continues 600 HWM’s singular trajectory of making work both for and by community. The audience that comes together for the performance are the authors of the work. In this piece, an ever-shifting landscape of objects and materials are manipulated by the audience. Manmade Earth examines the evolution of our society; how we come together to create what we could not on our own. Buildings get built, destroyed, built again. How do the structures that we make push us together or keep us apart?
Manmade Earth is at the earliest stages of its development and will be presented after a two week residency at Torn Space in tandem with an new original piece by Torn Space Theater. This residency is supported by the Creative Arts Initiative of the University at Buffalo.
600 Highwaymen is theater artists Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone. Since 2009, the duo’s 8 original works have been seen at The Public Theater, Abrons Arts Center, The Invisible Dog, American Repertory Theater, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, On The Boards, Walker Arts Center, Wexner Center for the Arts; and Internationally, at Centre Pompidou and Parc de la Villette (France), Festival Theaterformen (Germany), Noorderzon Festival (The Netherlands), and more. In addition to an Obie Award in 2014 and Zurich’s ZKB Patronage Prize in 2015, Browde and Silverstone were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2016.