Performers and Performances

Manmade Earth

A complex portrait of 8 young Americans and their audience, who, together, are exploring the distance between all of us – the assumed and the real; the past and the present – and the possibilities that come about from sharing a space.

Dates: November 23-24, 29-December 1

Venue: 612 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo, NY 14212

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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 at The Invisible Dog Art Center as part of the Crossing the Line Festival.

More information about 600 HWM & Manmade Earth here.

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


Video from last year’s Torn Space performance STATIONS.


An original site-inspired spectacle by Torn Space Theater

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

Buffalo’s chance to support local theater and local cuisine in one place comes in the form of FEAST August 9-11 and 16-18, 2019. $100 gets you a seat at the table as you experience the internationally recognized performance of Torn Space Theater accompanied by tastings from chefs Steve and Ellen Gedra of Buffalo’s award-winning Black Sheep Restaurant and Bar all in a pastoral urban landscape.

At sundown we will join together to celebrate light, to contemplate the passage of time and witness transformation. Circled around an old cottonwood tree we will engage in light, sound, performance, drink and food as the sun sets into the darkness. A table will be custom designed for the guests and act as the performance space; as speeches, images, and specially prepared experiences begin to take over.

Silo City provides the unparalleled backdrop, Torn Space, the compelling performance, and The Black Sheep prepares a menu to match. Divided into five acts, “Premier” tickets get audiences five tastings crafted to accompany: 

Act 1- The Seed

Barley cake with sesame tahini and goat cheese

Act 2- Root

Potato Skordalia with mullet roe

Act 3- Sprout

Savory olive oil cake with sprouted lentils

Act 4- Flower

Edible Flowers

Act 5- Fruit

Blueberries, red wine, honey

Seating is very limited for this evening of award-winning performance and cuisine.

Vegan options can be provided with notice. Please email at least 7 days before the scheduled performance, clearly indicating the performance date that you will be attending.

“General” ticket holders are provided bleacher seating to view the performance and will enjoy the Act 4 tasting and beverages available throughout the evening with the purchase of drink tickets before the performance. 

You will not want to miss out on a one-of-a-kind food and performance match: dinner theater as only Torn Space can do it.

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

The Illusion & The Aftermath

Experiential performance by internationally-acclaimed company, Temporary Distortion

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

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

The RESPONSE PERFORMANCE SERIES is made possible with lead funding from the Cullen Foundation, M&T Bank, New York State Council on the Arts, Erie County, and the City of Buffalo.