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Conceived as an immersive live performance installation, in which performers and audiences coalesce in a dark, foggy, and enigmatic space, AMIDST is a meditation on nostalgia, entrapment in the state of “in-between” – an often disorienting experience of changing times, cultural and social identities, memories, longings, losses, reinventions and aspirations. The work employs three performers (original cast included Lindsey Dietz-Marchant, Nick Bruder, and Pavel Zuštiak), appearing and disappearing among the crowd of freely moving spectators, who themselves become coopted and transformed into performers. Accompanied by haunting images by Robert Flynt and video projections by Keith Skretch, AMIDST provides a distinctive, participatory theatrical experience.
World Premiere: Baryshnikov Arts Center, June 2011, 60 min
Concept/Direction/Choreography: Pavel Zuštiak; Performers: Lindsey Dietz-Marchant, Nick Bruder, Pavel Zuštiak; Original Music: Christian Frederickson, Ryan Rumery and Jason Noble; performed live by Christian Frederickson, Ryan Rumery, Tim Isler; Photography: Robert Flynt; Video Design: Keith Skretch; Lighting Design: Joe Levasseur; Costume Design: Nick Vaughan; Dramaturgy: A .P. Andrews
Developed and supported during the residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC) with the financial support of Princess Grace Foundation-USA. Further funding provided by John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and Jerome Foundation. Production design support by The Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York.) Funds for the composer’s commission and musicians fees supplied by the American Music Center Live Music for Dance Program. Also made possible through subsidized studio space available with support from the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, founded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation by and by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program, provided by a real estate donation from Capstone Equities.