The Brick Presents Time: A Complete Explanation in Three Parts 5/4-14

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The Brick Theater, Inc. and thingNY and Panoply Performance Laboratory present Time: A Complete Explanation In Three Parts A documentary chamber opera created by thingNY and the Panoply Performance Laboratory May 4-May 14, 2011 at 8pm

Theater company Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) and experimental music ensemble thingNY construct a vast, subjective map of ideas, a documentary about time itself.
The absurdity of completely explaining the subjective histories, cultural role, and science of time is balanced with the earnest attempt to do just that.

This musically-driven performance art piece features performers of radically different backgrounds working together to create a form of performance that exists simultaneously in and outside of time, expressing and describing through video, web-based durational media and an accompanying printed book that extends the performance beyond the duration of the live performance.

The work is influenced by the chance-based and aleatoric modes of the music of John Cage and Gerard Grisey, the durational modes of the performance art of Tehching Hsieh and Bas Jan Ader, as well as the philosophies and science of Husserl, Einstein, William James, Heidegger, and many others.

All tickets: $18

Performances May 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 8pm

Only at The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

All tickets available at or by calling Theatermania (212-352-3101)

Only at The Brick

Winner of The New York Innovative Theatre Awards' 2009 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award!

The Brick is located at 575 Metropolitan Avenue (between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on the L & G subway lines (L: Lorimer stop; G: Metropolitan stop). For more detailed directions & further information, see The Brick and its non-profit company, The Brick Theater, Inc. were founded in September of 2002 by Robert Honeywell and Michael Gardner. Formerly an auto-body shop, a storage space and a yoga center, this brick- walled garage was completely refurbished into a state-of-the-art theater complex, with a large sprung floor and professional lighting and sound package.

The Brick is Williamsburg, Brooklyn's destination for cutting-edge theatrical experience. Home to the critically acclaimed premieres of Bouffon Glass Menajoree (NY IT Award Winner-Outstanding Play), Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (NY IT Award Winner-Outstanding Play), Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury (NY IT Award Nominee-Outstanding Performance Art Production), Greed: A Musical Love $tory (NY IT Award Nominee-Outstanding Musical), Suspicious Package (NY IT Award Nominee-Outstanding Play), The Brick has hosted some of downtown theater's most innovative artists, including Annie Baker, Young Jean Lee, The Debate Society, Banana Bag & Bodice, Thomas Bradshaw, and Jollyship the Whiz-Bang's Nick Jones. The Brick has also hosted The Iranian Theater Festival, Fight Fest, Game Play: A Celebration of Video Game Theater, three years of the international NY Clown Theatre Festival, Gemini CollisionWorks' August repertory festival (The Collisionworks), The Too Soon Festival, The Antidepressant Festival, You're Welcome, Adventure Quest, The Nosemaker's Apprentice, The Protestants, The Granduncle Quadrilogy, Lord Oxford Presents the Second American Revolution, Live!, Third Lows' 2-year Penny Dreadful serial, Richard Foreman's Harry in Love, The Film Festival: A Theater Festival (featuring Death at Film Forum and The Stubborn Illusion of Time), Babylon Babylon, Notes from Underground, Bitch Macbeth, A Thought about Raya, Secrets History Remembers, The Pretentious Festival (including Every Play Ever Written and Macbeth without Words), Strom Thurmond Is Not a Racist/Cleansed, The Death of Griffin Hunter, Untitled Theater Co. #61's Havel Festival, Sexadelic Cemetery, The Kung Fu Importance of Being Earnest, The $ellout Festival, Adventures of Caveman Robot, The Baby Jesus One-Act Jubilee, Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, The Moral Values Festival (featuring Dear Dubya and World Gone Wrong), Tupperware Orgy, Bizarre Science Fantasy, Who Is Wilford Brimley? The Musical, Jenna is nuts, Habitat, In a Strange Room (based on William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying), Assurbanipal Babilla's Assyrian Monkey Fantasy and the Brooklyn premiere of legendary Polish playwright Stanislaw Witkiewicz's The Pragmatists.

The Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) is a performance art and theater collective formed by librettist/director Esther Neff and co-directed with composer/sound artist Brian McCorkle. PPL projects are created by a flexible body of artists from a diversity of backgrounds and are often multi-lingual and radically inter-disciplinary. Excruciatingly sincere in their dedication to populist, political, and philosophically-driven documentary music-theatre works, PPL has shown work at Dixon Place, University Settlement, University of the Streets, Gathering of the Tribes, ABC No Rio, The West End Theater, The Hudson Guild Theater, Manhattan Theatre Source, Judson Church, Surreal Estate, Studio Maya, IRT, The Brecht Forum, The Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Battle Ranch, a bank vault on Wall Street (through Swing Space from LMCC) and two chashama storefront spaces, in a pop-up gallery through QMAD, at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and other educational institutions, in bars and parkinglots, on the Theresienwiese where the Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Germany, above a mall in Goshen, Indiana, and in other spaces and sites elsewhere. They have created the music-theater works On the Cranial Nerves of Barbarians, The Last Dreams of Helene Weigel [...], the installation/software/performance/video The Silviculture Museum, a full-length film In the Company of Eshu, and are currently working on the final piece in the Transformational Grammer of the Institutional Glorybowl trilogy (Institute_Institut) by conducting a series of Focus Workshops and interviews regarding relationships between individuals and institutions.

thingNY is a 501c3 not-for-profit collective of composer-performers who create and perform theatrically charged experimental music, champion the work of avant-garde and contemporary classical composers, and collaborate across disciplines, media and genres, often stirring up aesthetic controversy. Called an "inventive new music cabal" by Time Out New York, thingNY has brought their blend of performance art and improvisation to theatres, concert halls, art galleries and DIY venues around New York including the Galapagos Art Space, Judson Memorial Church, the Tank, the University of the Streets, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Littlefield, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, ISSUE: Project Room and The Stone. The upcoming fifth season includes residencies at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, as well as performances, talkbacks and open workshops at Littlefield, Dixon Place, The Secret Theatre and various historical homes throughout and beyond the metro area as part of their traveling concert/sound installation, IN HOUSE.

The New Yorker's Alex Ross listed thingNY as part of the city's burgeoning avant-garde classical music scene "striking an attitude of resistance to mainstream culture." Comprised of composer-performers from the NYC metro area, thingNY creates and performs theatrically charged experimental music and collaborative fluxus-esque multimedia works which have included a collaboratively-created opera, a radio play by Beckett and over a hundred premieres of new music. New Music Box hailed thingNY's first album, the eccentrically excessive opera ADDDDDDDDD, as "rapid-fire... pulseracing... all consuming.... packaged with a fun, quirky, comic book libretto. A lovely item that takes the album a step beyond the usual CD release, it makes the physical object in the digital age an interesting piece of art in and of itself, worthy of shelf space and providing plenty of additional visual stimulation."

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