CONTINUOUS CITY

A meditation on how contemporary experiences of location and dislocation stretch us to the maximum as our “networked selves” occupy multiple locations.

CONTINUOUS CITY is a meditation on how contemporary experiences of location and dislocation stretch us to the maximum as our “networked selves” occupy multiple locations. From Shanghai to Los Angeles, Toronto to Mexico City, CONTINUOUS CITY tells the story of a traveling father and his daughter at home tethered and transformed by speed, hypermodernity, and failing cell phones. The characters they interact with pursue their own transnational business, from an internet mogul exploiting networking across the developing world to a nanny who blogs humorous stories about the people and places within her universe. (Read her blog here.)

The show also reaches directly into each city the production visits through a participatory website and on-site filming to create a global and local production. CONTINUOUS CITY is about people far from home, CONTINUOUS CITY is where we live now.

We have begun to develop the frame for these components during key residencies at the Krannert Center and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, at the University of California, Berkeley and at The Kitchen in New York.

Credits

Contributing Artists

Conceived by: Marianne Weems, Director
James Gibbs, Dramaturg
Harry Sinclair, Writer

Sound Design & original music composition by Dan Dobson
Video Design by Peter Flaherty
Lighting by Jennifer Tipton
Scenic Concept and Design by James Gibbs, Stewart Laing, and Neal Wilkinson

Performed by:
Moe Angelos … Deb
Rizwan Mirza … J.V.
Caroline O’Neill/Olivia Timothee … Sam
Harry Sinclair … Mike

Produced by Claire Hallereau with The Builders Association

Neal Wilkinson, Production Manager
Joe Silovsky, Technical Design
Tom Korder, Technical Development
Josh Higgason, Touring Technical Director
Chantelle Norton, Costume Designer
Ed Purver, Video Associate
Austin Switser, Video Associate
Laura Mroczkowski, Lighting Associate
Katie Goodwin, Stage Manager & Company Manager

Video footage by:
Harry Sinclair (Mike and additional characters)
James Gibbs (Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Tijuana)
Mathieu Borysevicz (Shanghai); Ed Purver (Toronto)

Deb’s Blogs by Moe Angeles
Mirza Family Chats by Nabil Mirza, Rizwan Mirza and Ariba Sultan

Additional Design Concepts by dbox
Additional Dramaturgy by Jessica Chalmers
Consulting by Donna Cox and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications

XUBU Website Design and Development by Nick Reid and Ryan Shaw

Kim Whitener, Executive Producer

Lead Co-Producer
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Co-Producers
Carolina Performing Arts, Chapel Hill, NC
Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies and Arts Research at the University of California, Berkeley
Luminato Festival, Toronto, ON
Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
Co-Commissioners:
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Next Wave Festival, New York, NY
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

History

2010 Schedule

JUNE 25–26
CONTINUOUS CITY
LIFT Festival, London, England

2009 Schedule

JAN 23–25
CONTINUOUS CITY
Festival de Liege, Belgium

FEB 20–21
CONTINUOUS CITY
Carolina Performing Arts, Chapel Hill, NC

MAR 19–22
CONTINUOUS CITY
La Jolla Playhouse, CA

APRIL 16–18
CONTINUOUS CITY
Wexner Center for the Arts, OH

MAY 29–30
CONTINUOUS CITY
Salamanca Festival, Spain

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

JUNE 11–13
CONTINUOUS CITY
Luminato Festival, Toronto, ON

AUGUST 11–13
CONTINUOUS CITY
Metropolis Festival, Denmark

2008 Schedule

SEP 19
CONTINUOUS CITY, World Premiere
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, IL

OCT 23–25
CONTINUOUS CITY
Walker Art Center, MN

NOV 6–8
CONTINUOUS CITY
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, CA

NOV 18–22
CONTINUOUS CITY
BAM Next Wave Festival, New York

DEC 4–5
CONTINUOUS CITY
EMPAC, New York

2007-2010