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The People to Come


A canary torsi’s new multimedia project, The People to Come, is a participatory performance installation that invites audience members to become part of the work unfolding before them. It is a multi-layered project that encompasses an interactive website, a physical archive at The Invisible Dog for audiences to create, submit and view material to the project, and a performance in the evening where dancers and musicians create work in front of the audience. Over the course of four hours, five dancers reinvent nineteen-minute solos drawing from visuals, videos, and text submitted by the audience. Each solo is a live composite – a portrait of the performer at work influenced by the attending audience. The People to Come is performed by dancers Simon Courchel, Luke Miller, Peter Musante, Peter Schmitz, and Darrin Wright and musicians Peter Bussigel, Stephan Moore, Caroline Park, Tim Rovinelli and Suzanne Thorpe. Directed by choreographer Yanira Castro, The People to Come features lighting and installation designer Kathy Couch, web developer Sam Lerner, and sound artist Stephan Moore.

Read The New York Times preview

Saturday, June 22
A private opening of the archive is followed by the experimental ambient R&B duo C R O W N S and a special one-night-only performance by a canary torsi.

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June 25-29
1-10pm Archive, 6-10pm Performance
The People to Come (New York Premiere)
The audience is welcome to come and go throughout the performances. 61 Local, neighboring pub to The Invisible Dog and partner of the event, will welcome you next door.

Artists Biographies

The People to Come cannot happen without audience-generated inspiration. Join the project and submit material at The People to Come’s archive, open before and during the performances. Also on view is a collection of 700+ submissions created by audiences over the course of the last year of performances. Submissions from New York will be posted daily. Submissions can also be made at any time on the project’s website, 

The People to Come is made possible in part with co-production support by Vermont Performance Lab and funding from The Jerome Foundation. Support and composer commission funds are provided by New Music USA’s Live Music for Dance program. People was developed through a 2013 Choreography Fellowship and a 2012 Media Residency Fellowship at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, and development residencies at The Yard, Vermont Performance Lab and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program through a real estate donation from Savanna. The New York Premiere of The People to Come is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).

The People to Come at The Invisible Dog Art Center is made possible, in part, by The Invisible Dog’s Kickstarter donors.

Photo Concept: Darrin Wright, Photo & Image by Simon Courchel, Performers: Simon Courchel, Luke Miller, Peter Musante, Peter Schmitz and Darrin Wright.

Dates + Times
Saturday, June 22 at 7–10:30pm
June 25–29 at 1–10pm & 6–10pm

$10 Suggested Donation

The Main Gallery
51 Bergen St.

Earlier Event: June 14
Prune Nourry at The Venice Biennale
Later Event: July 3
Current Practice