Released November 24, 2015
Present Tense Initiative continues with aesthetically visceral,
intellectually challenging and emotionally unafraid original work
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 | 7:30 pm
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 | 4 & 8 pm
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 | 4 pm
MEMBERS $20 | NONMEMBERS $35 | STUDENTS $10
RESERVATIONS BY DECEMBER 9
SALEM, MASS. -- The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents the world premiere of All at Once Upon a Time (or Variations on the Theme of Disappearing) in PEM’s historic Gardner-Pingree House on Friday, December 11, at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 12, at 4 and 8 pm; and Sunday, December 13, at 4 pm. Tickets are available at: http://pem.org/calendar/2015/December
The museum’s Present Tense Initiative, which supports PEM’s Composer-in-Residence program, continues to expand the creative range of the museum, as well as access to the museum’s historic properties. This immersive and audience-driven theater experience takes place on three floors of the Gardner-Pingree House, a National Historic Landmark that is one of Salem architect Samuel McIntire’s finest and best-preserved Federal designs. Intimate and ephemeral, the performance offers a unique perspective into this architectural treasure, allowing participants to explore the elegant and storied home on foot, while participating in an investigation into the way we see our environment, ourselves and each other through a series of theatrical installations.
All at Once Upon a Time is conceived and directed by Giselle Ty, a freelance opera/theater director based in London and New York. Each variation unfolds in a different room of the house and asks the questions: How truly do we see others? How deeply do we allow ourselves to be seen? In what situation are we closest to our truest selves -- when we are alone, when we write, in someone else's memory, or perhaps in the art we leave behind?
NOTES ON THE PERFORMANCE
Art lovers hoping for a dose of daring, wonder and living in the moment are welcome, but must be willing to climb creaky stairs, enjoy the company of strangers and unplug from technology for the duration of the performance.
Try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now.
-- From Letters to a Young Poet by German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke
Made possible in part by The David P. Wheatland Charitable Trust.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 | 7:30 PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 | 4 & 8 PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 | 4 PM
MEMBERS $20 | NONMEMBERS $35 |STUDENTS $10
RESERVATIONS BY DECEMBER 9 | PERFORMANCES LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE
ABOUT GISELLE TY
Giselle Ty takes a physical, multidisciplinary approach to her work and is most interested in the poetic, whimsical, abstract ways that theater can find expression. She has worked in a variety of spaces such as black boxes, pubs, churches, parks, historic houses, a ballroom and a planetarium. She began her work by studying with, assisting and observing directors at the American Repertory Theatre/A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training in Cambridge, Mass., and was a teaching fellow for many years with longtime A.R.T. company members at Harvard University's Division of Continuing Education. Directing work includes projects for the Houston Grand Opera (HGOco Opera to Go!), Guerilla Opera, Harvard Early Music Society, Juventas' New Music Ensemble, Opera Hub, So & So Arts Festival (London), Vault Festival (London), Bread & Roses Theatre (London), Boston University’s M.F.A. Playwriting Program, Harvard University and the medieval music ensemble, the Broken Consort, among others. She has also worked on the directing staff for productions with the Gotham Chamber Opera, M.I.T. Media Lab/A.R.T. and Opera Boston. A New Georges Affiliate Artist and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, she has trained at various programs and workshops with the SITI Company, Harvard University and L'École Jacques LeCoq in Paris. She has lived in the United States, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and France and hopes to make art that thrives vibrantly at the intersection of different cultures, languages, eras and traditions. In 2013, she staged Excerpts from “Four Letters” at the Yin Yu Tang House at the Peabody Essex Museum and returns in 2015 to create All at Once Upon a Time (or Variations on the Theme of Disappearing), an original theatrical installation conceived for the museum’s Gardner-Pingree House.
ABOUT THE PRESENT TENSE INITIATIVE
The Present Tense Initiative is an extension of PEM's contemporary art program. Under the guidance of curator Trevor Smith, the initiative celebrates the central role that creative expression plays in shaping our world today. The Present Tense Initiative engages leading creative agents and thinkers to cultivate innovative experiences fueled by the intersection of cultures, disciplines and technologies. By encouraging innovation and fostering new forms of creativity, PEM seeks to push the boundaries of what a museum experience can be.
All at Once Upon a Time is made possible in part by supporters of PEM's Present Tense Initiative:
Terry and Dick Albright, Dick and Deborah Carlson, Susan and Appy Chandler and Fay Chandler.
ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
Over the last 20 years, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has distinguished itself as one of the fastest-growing art museums in North America. Founded in 1799, it is also the country’s oldest continuously operating museum. At its heart is a mission to enrich and transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections, integrate past and present and underscore the vital importance of creative expression. The museum's collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time -- including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photography, maritime art and history, Native American, Oceanic and African art. PEM's campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities and performance spaces. Twenty-four noted historic structures grace PEM’s campus, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house that is the only such example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States, and the Phillips Library, which holds one of the nation’s most important museum-based collections of rare books and manuscripts. HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. ADMISSION: Adults $18; seniors $15; students $10. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang. INFO: Call 866?745?1876 or visit pem.org