Ryan McNamara

Photographs © Paula Court

Ryan McNamara MEƎM: A Story Ballet about the Internet

Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th Street
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$20

Ryan McNamara's MEƎM: A STORY BALLET ABOUT THE INTERNET is a choreographic exploration of the online world as a space of engagement, and of the digital architecture that conditions current anxieties over influence and transmission. Exploring our sense of what we do when we copy, steal, appropriate, create, repeat, plagiarize, mine, or tweet, the performance engages several coexisting conceptions of the Internet: as utopic commons of unfettered communication; as sinister military infrastructure; as unchecked, stupid clutter approaching an unfathomable critical density; and as motor for a 24/7 infotainment culture. A fully immersive “experience” that questions the very possibility of a singular “experience” today, the dance will play with rapid, abrupt changes in pace, music, and choreographic style – such as pantomime, pop, abstraction – to articulate the extreme form of proximity that different subjectivities and modes of spectacle now have to one another.

MEƎM: A STORY BALLET ABOUT THE INTERNET is a Performa Commission.

 

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Funding

Generously supported by Performa Producers Circle members Philip and Shelley Fox Aarons, and Performa Patrons Ellen Sue Cantrowitz, Raphael Castoriano, Glori Cohen, Corina Larkin and Nigel Dawn, Susan Seelig, Laura Skoler.

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  • Sat. Nov 2, 12:00 pm
  • Sun. Nov 3, 12:00 pm
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  • Sun. Nov 3, 5:00 pm
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