Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts to Present NUMBER ZERO (A SPACE OPERA) at CounterPULSE, 6/20-22
Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts is proud to announce the world premiere of Number Zero (a space opera), a highly physical, semi-improvised dance-theater adventure about a near future shaped by excessive computer control. Created by Sheldon B. Smith, Lisa Wymore and Ian Heisters, in collaboration with James Graham and Pei-Ling Kao, Number Zero runs June 20 - 22, 2014 at CounterPULSE in San Francisco.
Following the enormous success of his collaboration with Scott Wells on Father On last fall, Smith returns to the artistic partnership he and Wymore have shared for more than a decade. Recognized for its witty choreography and visual design, the award-winning husband-and-wife team has performed for audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Number Zero is both a game and an experiment in real-time computer augmented performance. A semi-improvised performance about a semi-intelligent computer system, Number Zero threatens to evolve into a "space opera," that familiar sci-fi narrative about a defective computer which takes control of a band of humans.
Set in a near future world that is only marginally different from our own, Number Zero continuously reconstructs itself anew, searching in vain for the perfect balance between human contentment and computer power. The performers find themselves trapped in a kind of limbo where the only hope is to win over the "heart" of the machine by successfully completing bizarre games of mental, physical and spiritual endurance. The work is comical, bleak and completely unpredictable. No two performances will be alike.
In the spirit of Merce Cunningham's chance operations, Number Zero unfolds according to the sequence of commands issuing from the operating system; but unlike Cunningham's modernist example, the chance elements in Number Zero happen in real time, preventing the performers from memorizing a sequence in advance.