Dream of the Red Chamber, a performance for a sleeping audience is a literal dream play performed for an audience that is encouraged to experience the work while they fall in and out of sleep. This durational performance installation invites the audience to take an immersive journey through Cao Xueqin’s 18th century Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber — an epic love story between a stone and a flower, framed by a dizzying series of metaphysical dreams.
The set, video, sound, and lighting design will transform the vast basement space of the iconic Brill Building into an environment that advocates and facilitates sleep. The audience can choose to experience the work while lying and/or sleeping in one of the many beds that will fill the basement, or sit and watch from a more traditional chair, as the performers travel through the space and the story unfolds.
The design team includes Jim Findlay and Josh Higgason (video & set), Jamie McElhinney (sound), Christopher Kuhl (lights), Enver Chakartash with Maurina Lioce (costumes); other collaborators include Sissi Liu (dramaturg), Teresa Hartmann (stage manager), Maurina Lioce (assistant director), and Joel Bassin (producer). With Performances by Christina Campanella, James Dawson, Liz Sargent, Kaneza Schaal, and Rebecca Warner; with Okwui Okpokwasili, Emily Pintel, Aleta Findlay, HyoJu Hong; and featuring Jennifer Charles, Kitty Louise, and Kate Moran on video. Original music by Brooklyn-based band Elysian Fields.
May 9–17, 2014
May 9 & 13-16 @ 5pm–midnight
Two Overnight performances: May 10 & 17 @ 5pm–6am
Brill Building, 1619 Broadway (between 49th & 50th Street, NYC)
Admission is free. Audience members may arrive, depart and return at any time but your bed is not guaranteed if you leave and then return. Please check the twitter feed for wait times @TSqArts or #DreamTSq.
Presented in partnership with Allied Partners and Brickman Real Estate A Collapsable Giraffe and 3-Legged Dog production Curated by Performance Space 122.
A full schedule of performances can be found at TimesSquareNYC.org/Dream.
Times Square Arts collaborates with contemporary artists to experiment and engage with one of the world’s most iconic urban places. This program is made possible by generous support from ArtPlace America and ArtWorks.