This week, Dance Theater Workshop, FuturePerfect, and PS 122 present And All the Question Marks Started to Sing, the newest work from the Norwegian art collective Verdensteatret.
For nearly 25 years, Verdensteatret has created original works at the intersection of theater, visual art, music, and sound art. Though they are often considered theater, Verdensteatret’s creations have been featured in as many biennales as black boxes. For their newest piece, And All the Question Marks Started to Sing, the company has created – and performs live – a rich landscape of kinetic and electromechanical objects, or what the company calls “animation-machines,” where images, sculptures, sound, and video are integrated to form deeply poetic compositions. Verdensteatret riffs on the animation filmmakers the Quay Brothers and Ladislav Starevich, the automata and mechanical toys of the 19th century, modern kinetic and conceptual sculpture, and early electronic music (1920 – 1960), among other influences, to create their own unique hybrid of performance, installation, animation, and concert.
Performances will take place at Dance Theater Workshop, West 19th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, February 24th through 26th at 7:30 PM, and on Sunday, February 27th at 5 PM. There will also be a Coffee and Conversation pre-show talk with Vallejo Gantner on the 24th at 6:30 PM, a Post-Show Talk with Vallejo Gantner and Wayne Ashley on the 25th, and a free wine reception following every performance. Tickets are $20, or $15 for students and seniors, and are available online.