Mariano Pensotti (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Contemporary Art Gallery, PTC and Vancouver Art Gallery
January 18-20, 25-27 + February 1-3 2013 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, Atrium
Vancouver Art Gallery, Lobby
This performance is FREE and open to the public, and is happens simultaneously at all three locations. Audience members may come and go as they please.
What stories simmer just beneath the surface of the public spaces that we dwell in? What characters are the strangers we brush shoulders with? What characters are we?
Mariano Pensotti’s ingeniously voyeuristic work Sometimes I think, I can see you places writers in public spaces and uses them as literary surveillance cameras. Over the three weekends of the 2013 PuSh Festival, a number of Vancouver writers will be stationed in the lobby of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the atrium of the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch and the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line Station, equipped with laptops connected to projection screens. Their directive? To write a live account of whatever it is they see—or imagine they see—in these urban surroundings. Through the eyes and minds of various writers, speculations unfold, narratives are woven, and the anonymous individuals around us become implicated in a series of beautifully spontaneous fictions.
>>Pensotti has a fine facility with irony, with the fine balance between comedy and tragedy<< British Theatre Guide
Argentinean artist Mariano Pensotti is known internationally as one of the foremost directors in contemporary theatre. His work El Pasado es un animal grotesco was presented on a revolving stage in the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at PuSh 2012, and his work La Marea presented outdoors in the streets of Gastown at PuSh 2011.
Supported by the Vancouver Public Library
Produced with Ciudades Paralelas, a coproduction between HAU Berlin and Schauspielhaus Zürich, in collaboration with Goethe-Institute Warschau, and Teatr Nowy.
Concept & Direction: Mariano Pensotti
Participating writers include: Charles Demers, Caitlin Chaisson, Ostwelve, Lisa C. Ravensbergen, Anakana Schofield, Kay Slater, Michael Turner and Adrienne Wong.