Performers and Performances

The Illusion & The Aftermath

Experiential performance by internationally-acclaimed company, Temporary Distortion

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

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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


FEAST

An original site-inspired spectacle by Torn Space Theater

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

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Torn Space returns to Silo City with its seventh original site-specific spectacle. This intimate production will feature award winning local chef Steven and Ellen Gedra of The Black Sheep. 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.

Premier seating for FEAST will include exclusive access to performance seating and extended food tastings throughout the performance.

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


Custodians of Beauty

WNY Premiere by award-winning Palissimo Company

Dates: September 20-21, 2019

Custodians of Beauty forges towards abstraction, minimalism, and restrained expressive modes while amplifying potency of an image; human body as sculpture, emotional trigger, or a political symbol. In an age when humanity, disenchanted with itself, seems to have rejected the necessity of beauty, Custodians of Beauty asks us to look again, beyond the surface, to see differently.

“There is scant middle ground in Pavel Zuštiak’s work. Violence and desire, fear and rapture, pain and giddiness — he traffics in extremes, often slammed against one another in uncomfortably close quarters.” – The New York Times


Manmade Earth

The 600 HIGHWAYMEN original performance returns to Buffalo following its NYC premiere.

Venue: 612 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo, NY 14212

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.

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


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.