Annie Dorsen | The Great Outdoors
Straying into digital infnity from an inﬂatable planetarium
From the anonymity of their living rooms, at any given moment millions of people are ﬂinging countless remarks, opinions and comments into virtual space. American writer and director Annie Dorsen addresses the internet in The Great Outdoors as if she was a curious 19th century explorer. Which stories does this infinite digital landscape actually contain? Stretched out on the ﬂoor of an inﬂatable planetarium, you are enchanted by a digital starry sky while being read a algorithmically generated text, based on comments on blogs and chat sites. Does this dreamy, relaxed idea of a digital campfire enable us to regard that multitude of voices with more sympathy? The Great Outdoors is a coproduction of Noorderzon and Grand Theatre Groningen. Dorsen was in residency at the Grand Theatre just this March to work on this show.
Attention! The audience is asked to sit on the floor during this performance.
“Sometimes the Hamlet machine produces inherently meaningless phrases which in their poetic beauty easily equal sentences in the original."
Concept and direction | Annie Dorsen
Starshow design | Annie Dorsen and Ryan Holsopple
Sound and music design | Sébastien Roux
Video programming | Ryan Holsopple
Text programming | Marcel Schwittlick and Miles Thompson
Dramaturg | Onome Ekeh
Technical director | Ruth Waldeyer
Performer | Kaija Matiss
Management and production | Alexandra Rosenberg
Supported by | Hermès Foundation within the framework of the New Settings Program
Coproduction | BIT Teatergarasjen & Bergen International Festival (Bergen, NO), Crossing the Line Festival (New York, NY), Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen (NL)
With the support of | King's Fountain
Developed by| Live Arts Bard at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College (Annandale on Hudson, NY, USA)
Supported by | a residency at Abrons Arts Center (New York, NY)