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Torn Space added dates for virtual reality performance BOULEVARD , Two Weekends Only

Dates: Dec. 1-3, 8, 10 2022
Time Slots: 7:00pm, 8:15pm at Torn Space: 612 Fillmore Ave. Buffalo

Like many events this weekend, we had to cancel shows due to extreme winter weather, but we’ve added performances to make up some of the lost time with a 7pm show Dec. 8 and both 7pm and 8:15pm shows Dec. 10. Grab tickets before you head home for the holiday weekend and relax knowing you won’t miss Boulevard.

The hot and cold colors of David Mitchell’s installation design illuminated in neon by Eclectric Oil and Light mirror the icy relations and blistering tempers of the characters within their veiled walls. What is real and what is manufactured are questions posed in Boulevard, which continues for a final set of performances December 1-3, 8 and 10. Shifting between a virtual fantasy and a fraught reality, you may come out with more questions than answers from the latest collaboration between Torn Space and FLATSITTER.

How the production works 

Audience members will enter in groups of twenty. Ten people will first view a virtual reality performance designed by FLATSITTER based upon original footage and previous Torn Space production material while ten people view a live performance that is bathed in neon light navigated by four actors. The audience then trades perspectives; those viewing the live performance will enter into virtual reality and those in virtual reality will view the live performance. At conclusion, both groups of audience members experience the final scene together where the content of virtual reality and theater merge. The production lasts approximately sixty minutes, is experienced while seated for the duration of the show and there is no audience participation. 

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Fundraiser Please join us for a cocktail reception, a behind the scenes look at Torn Space’s upcoming performance of Boulevard, a virtual reality experience, an artist talk by Dan Shanahan and Melissa Meola, and the unveiling of Torn Space Theater and Mirabo Press’s limited edition art prints titled “They Kill Things.” This inaugural set of prints was conceived by Torn Space and collaboratively produced by Buffalo’s premier print studio Mirabo Press based on production photography by FLATSITTER and Mark Duggan. Tickets and more information about the fundraiser and Boulevard are available at: Boulevard is the last performance in Torn Space’s 2022 INTERSECTION: Performance Series, which is supported by leading sponsors: Cullen Foundation, NYSCA, Erie County, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, Stenclik Family Charitable Foundation, Creative Arts Initiative, the June Farrington Fund, M&T Bank, REDC and NYS DanceForce.

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