Curated by Ava Ansari +
The Hinterlands

Hosted by Playhouse, Detroit + Pejman Foundation, Tehran
Aug-Oct. 2017

Working with “in-betweenness” as a state of being, an element of space, and a design statement, [ ] the line  was an experimental space for working with telepresence technologies as creative material for producing realtime cross-cultural performances that push the boundaries of transnational collaborations in creation, production, and distribution.

Curated by Poetic Societies’ Founding Director, Ava Ansari in collaboration with The Hinterlands and sponsored by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the first program of [] the line
was a five-week, bi-locational workshop between Detroit and Tehran. Twenty-two artists, musicians, filmmakers, performers, dancers, writers, directors, and producers participated in the intense hands-on program in both locations.

Participants created bi-locational multimedia theatrical sceneries with real-time  sound design and intensive  manual movements  of handheld lighting, projection, and camera work with objects such as LED ropes, mirrors, clear globes, cardboards, and a parachute.

The sessions also included acting, dance, movement, and dialogue rehearsals with guest artists. 
Together, they shaped and conveyed feelings, stories, and emotions from place to place and delivered  proactive and embodied documentation techniques.

The parallel sceneries, stories, and designs they made brought to life the terminologies  that Poetic Societies has been using for online tehatrical productions  such as extending, cutting, or blinding a scene on one end for creating interdependent or independent scenes on different locations.