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listening creates an opening is the newest site specific performance meditation by Mary Armentrout Dance Theater. listening creates is a technology/embodiment puzzle that asks how we listen and what we hear. Taking its time, as it draws us, in a listening state, from a Victorian drawing room on RPI campus, through the 21st century EMPAC theater, down the hill and through the streets of Troy to the Hudson River’s edge at dusk, this piece poses the further question of what do we do next – once we have started to hear? MADT is a San Francisco-based intermedia collective that creates hybrid performance works that unravel simple-looking things like time, place, identity, and community back into the absorbing, complicated, felt, and lived things they are. MADT is the collaborative team of Mary Armentrout performance/video, Evelyn Ficarra sound/installation, and Ian Winters video/installation. listening creates is a commissioned project of EMPAC, and will premiere September 12-15, 2018.

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