Philadelphia artist connects with Minneapolis live via dance and tech with SplitScreen, Sept 6-15

Separated by time and space, Meg and Sterling have to find their way back to the center of the wild wild web. Through dance, theater, and video, help us rediscover who we are in this new digital landscape.  This 45 minute dance-theater piece will be performed September 6-8, 13-15. In Philadelphia, it will be presented at the Pig Iron School Studio B as part of the Philly Fringe.  General admission  is $10 ahead of time, sliding scale at the door.  No one turned away due to lack of funds. Tickets at https://fringearts.com/event/splitscreen/. Audiences will be invited to participate during the performance.

SplitScreen is an invitation to the audience to participate in redefining the way we interact with technology, and how it affects our relationships.  Developed in person and over live-stream video, and performed in two cities at the same time, Meg and Sterling ask the main question of “can you re-create a physical connection from a distance?”  We are entering a digital age that will not go backward to a less technologically advanced time. Therefore, how can we exist with that technology and maintain what makes us inherently human?

Each audience will watch a live performer and a digital projection of another performer 1,000 miles away.  During the Minnesota festival, Philadelphia audiences were led to a non-traditional venue, indicative of the city.  During the Philadelphia festival, Minneapolis audiences will be led to a similarly indicative location. The piece will contain original music by composer Tom Carman, a Philadelphia resident and artist.

After a year and a half of development, two weeks of which were spent in Fergus Falls, MN at the Hinge Artist Residency through Springboard for the Arts, SplitScreen will be the debut production of Tree.Lock//Productions.  The company experiments with colliding various art forms together and following the aftermath.  For this production, as Meg Kirchhoff remarks, “We’re interested in taking video outside, taking that inside, recording that and then putting it back outside.  So playing with that layer of what is nature reflecting to us, how is that a metaphor for this wild frontier of the internet.”

Tree.Lock//Productions is supported by Joe’s Steak + Soda Shop and the populace.
SplitScreen was developed with the help of Springboard for the Arts through the Hinge Artist Residency in Fergus Falls, MN.

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