Since 2002, world-renowned Builders Association has presented a series of remarkable theatrical experiences that tell the story of our increasingly urban and globalized world: Aladeen (2002-2005), Super Vision (2005-2006), and now Continuous City, which is showing at the Walker Art Center this Thursday through Saturday, October 23-25. The Walker is offering special discounted tickets to Friday’s performance. Get them while you can.
From Philip Bither, William and Nadine McGuire Senior Curator, Performing Arts, Walker Art Center:
The Walker is proud to present the Builders Associationâ€™s Continuous City this Thursday-Saturday, October 23-25 at 8 pm. I hope you can join us to see this Walker-commissioned new work. As a friend of the Walker and the arts community, we would like to extend you and your staff $15 tickets to the Friday, October 24 performance. To redeem this offer, please contact the Walker box office at 612.375.7600 and mention â€œfriendâ€. This a show that I think you will like very much, fascinating both as a very strong piece of theater and as a commentary on how technology is altering our lives.
Like past Builders Association productions, Continuous City is stunningly beautifully and technically advanced. However, with this piece they have achieved a series of interweaving stories and a narrative arc that, in power, humor and humanity, match the companyâ€™s conceptual and technical prowess. The company has been in residence with the Walker for the past week continuing to work on the show and it is looking fantastic. After the Walker, it will go on to BAMâ€™s Next Wave Festival in New York, as well as touring stops across Europe and in Asia.
Below is more information on the show and a link to a major feature on the piece that appeared in the Star Tribune this past weekend.
The Builders Association
Thursday-Saturday, October 23-25, 8 pm
McGuire Theater, Walker Art Center
â€œThe Builders Association is itself an innovator in multimedia theater, using video, animation, sampled sounds, and god-knows-what sorts of computerized gizmos to produce gorgeous illusions.â€â€”Village Voice
See the future of theater today. New York Cityâ€“based wizards the Builders Association (Aladeen, Super Vision), with fingers firmly pressed to the pulse of todayâ€™s changing world, weave an engrossing fable about ways that constant connectivity alters our sense of distance and intimacy. A globe-hopping father and his homebound daughter, whose lives are transformed by digital speed and failing cell phones, and the other intriguing characters who populate this story are propelled by leading-edge computer animation, electronic music, and live performance.
A participatory Web site (www.continuouscity.org) and local filming of key scenes further conflate the global and the local, the mediated and the real.
Commissioned by the Walker Art Center.
Read last Sundayâ€™s Star Tribune article on Continuous City here.
William and Nadine McGuire Senior Curator, Performing Arts
Walker Art Center