Closes Its Season
"Susurrus" Opens May 20
The inaugural season of international theater programming by ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage will wind to a close with the Boston premiere of David Leddy’s "Susurrus" (soo-SUR-uhs), which opens May 20. The performance s recommended for audiences age 16 and older.
experience "Susurrus," which doesn’t happen in a traditional
theater, audiences will follow a map around Boston’s Public
Garden as they listen to the piece, adapted especially for Boston,
on MP3 player and headphones. (The word "susurrus" refers to
the rustling sound of wind in trees.)
The maps that audiences will read are specially commissioned artworks from highly acclaimed Scottish visual artist Laura Molloy whose work has graced everything from cutting-edge fanzines to Belle and Sebastian record covers. Leddy and Molloy closely collaborate on creating a new map of the route for each location by taking visual patterns in railings, benches and paving in the park and transforming them into specially drawn borders and backgrounds for each new map.
Headphones and MP3 player are supplied. Running time is
1 hour 20 minutes (although the process can be paused). Journeys take
place between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., leaving at 20 minute intervals, on the
hour, 20 minutes past the hour and 40 minutes past the hour. The piece
includes about a mile of walking on paved pathways. Umbrellas will be
provided in the case of rain. Headphone pickup will be on Boylston St.
between Charles and Tremont. All directions will be provided with ticket
Outside Scotland his work has been seen in London, Amsterdam, Milan, Boston, Buenos Aires, Cork and Delhi. He aims to create dramatic new writing that draws on elements of site-based performance and experimental live art in order to open up avant-garde performance styles and make them more accessible to new viewers. He often makes work in public or unconventional spaces from a glasshouse to a graveyard, from a train shed to a pitch-black cupboard.
For information and tickets, call 617-824-8000 or visit www.ArtsEmerson.org.
-- OnStage Boston
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