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The Quiet Volume

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Photo: Ant Hampton

Ant Hampton & Tim Etchells (London & Sheffield, England)

January 17-19, 24-26, 31, February 1-2
Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 3rd Floor
350 West Georgia Street

12:00PM-5:00PM (60 min, no intermission)
Performances every 20 minutes, with last performance beginning at 4:05PM


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In The Quiet Volume—set at the library, designed for two at a time—recorded instructions and a stack of carefully selected books direct you through this contemplative, self-generated performance. The Quiet Volume takes what is considered a deeply personal and internal process and pushes it out into the surrounding environment so that one reader’s sphere collides with another’s. It exposes the particular tension common to libraries worldwide: a combination of silence and concentration within which different peoples’ experiences of reading unfold.

In this performance, you and your co-reader/fellow audience member study printed words, conjure mental images, examine the act of reading in a new light in this surprising piece of ‘autoteatro.’ For the bibliophile and reluctant reader alike, The Quiet Volume exposes the strange magic at the heart of the reading experience.

Ant Hampton founded Rotozaza in 1998, a project that explores the use of instructions given to unrehearsed ‘guest’ performers, both on stage and within intimate, unconventional structures. Hampton was last in Vancouver with Etiquette presented at The Cultch in 2010. His 2014 visit includes leading an artist workshop as part the PuSh. Tim Etchells is the artistic director of the celebrated performance group Forced Entertainment. His work spans performance, video, photography, text projects, installation and fiction. Etchells is a 2014 PuSh Festival artist-in-residence, presented with the Contemporary Art Gallery, with performances, with performances, an exhibition and the PuSh Assembly keynote address.

>> Putting on headphones and opening a book is a prosaic prelude to a surreal experience. << Sydney Morning Herald

>> The Quiet Volume manages to surprise, disorient and even unsettle. << Willamette Week


Tickets: $20
Advance purchase recommended due to extremely limited capacity.

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Creators: Tim Etchells, Ant Hampton | Voices: Seth Etchells, Ant Hampton, Jenny Naden | Binaural recordings: Tito Toblerone | Artistic producer: Katja Timmerberg

Production commissioned, produced by Ciudades Paralelas; co-produced by HAU Berlin, Schauspielhaus Zürich, with Goethe Institute Warschau, Teatr Nowy, Teatr Nowy Foundation; commissioned by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia, Goethe Institute Buenos Aires; co-produced by Vooruit Arts Centre

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