OBIE award-winning creator and performer Andrew Schneider’s YOUARENOWHERE balances performance with a complex landscape of visual and aural effects to produce a disorienting, hyperactive piece that questions reality in all its physical and psychological aspects. A series of enigmatic events happen in a space where nothing is what it seems, and the past, the present and the future exist all at the same time.
The narrative layer weaves together fractured stories, mistaken identities, pop-science, and personal confessions that deal with subjects as incongruent as quantum mechanics, parallel universes and Craigslist’s Missed Connections. The rich scenic environment compresses both form and content to the point of sensory and emotional overload. Returning to the Berkshires after triumphant New York premiere at PS122’s COIL Festival in January 2015, this MLA-commissioned work will make a three-nights only appearance in the first week of the festival. It will transform our space into a modern multimedia theater, accessible to an intimate audience. Book early to ensure availability.
Created by Andrew Schneider
with Peter Musante, Alessandra Calabi, Bozkurt Karasu, Bobby McElver and Christine Shallenberg
Producer: Sandra Garner, Lingua Franca Arts
Andrew Schneider has been creating original works for theater, video, and installation since 2003. Rooted at the intersection of performance and technology, Schneider’s work critically investigates humanity’s overdependence on perpetual connection in an always-on world. He creates and performs solo performance works and large-scale dance works, builds interactive electronic art works and installations, and was a Wooster Group company member (video/performer) from 2007-2014. Schneider is a recent recipient of the Tom Murrin Performance Award and an Artist-In-Residence at Dixon Place. His work has been performed in NYC at The Chocolate Factory, PS122, and Issue Project Room, and was curated by Laurie Anderson as part of the River to River festival in 2013. He creates wearable, interactive electronic art such as the Solar Bikini (a bikini that charges your iPod) and wireless programmable sound effect gloves. His interactive work has been featured in Art Forum and Wired and at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Schneider also works with musical acts such as Fischerspooner (projections/performer), Kelela (projections/lighting), and AVAN LAVA (lighting/percussion/vocals).
YOUARENOWHERE was commissioned by Performance Space 122 and Mass Live Arts with support from the Jerome Foundation, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts—Art Works, and was made possible in part by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Development residency provided by Mass Live Arts, an AIRspace residency at Abrons Arts Center, and a space residency at The Bushwick Starr.