The Encounter: Buffalo
May 13-22, 2022
Torn Space – 612 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo
Acclaimed choreographer, dancer, director and writer Kimberly Bartosik develops a new piece in collaboration with Buffalo residents and the Torn Space design team as part of an artist residency supported by NYS Dance Force.

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The Encounter: Buffalo, created by choreographer/director Kimberly Bartosik in partnership with Torn Space Theater, is a live work of physical theater featuring 9 local performers, ages 17-64. It exists within Bartosik’s larger project, The Encounter, which she is creating with communities around the world, merging professional, pre-professional, and non-professional performers. The work is an encounter with oneself , pulling from what we are currently carrying in our bodies–grief, hope, fear, desire, newfound power- and pairs it with our dreams in this moment of reconciliation with time, as we dig our lives out of the pandemics of this age. The burgeoning result is a cross-geographic, global conversation about the ferocious power of the body as a form of communication and the potency of movement as a connective language.

The Encounter: Buffalo marks the first project within this series to premiere.

INTERSECTION Performance Series
Torn Space Theater’s 2022 Season

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Torn Space expands its programming model in 2022 with an entire season of original performances written and performed for specific Buffalo landmarks with the introduction of a fresh programming series entitled “INTERSECTION.” Works developed within this series intersect place, generation, identity and discipline. They bring audiences to performance spaces in the Broadway/Fillmore area and beyond, featuring artists collaborating to explore new forms of contemporary performance and creative placemaking. The 2022 season includes virtual reality, fashion shows, hip hop, artistic residencies, public art, dance, parades, music, site-specific performance and artist showcases. These projects will include Torn Space collaborations with Artpark, UB’s Arts Collaboratory, Silo City, Sneakvibing, FLATSITTER, Burchfield Penney Arts Center, Mirabo Press, NYS DanceForce, Just Buffalo Literary Center, Coalesce Center for Biological Art and countless artists and designers and many more.