France’s Begat Theater activates public space in Downtown Brooklyn with street theater
September 04, 2019
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After over 200 performances in Europe, France’s Begat Theater is touring Hidden Stories, their acclaimed outdoor immersive soundwalk, to Downtown Brooklyn, as part of the Brooklyn Falls for France Festival from October 25-27.
Hidden Stories [Histoires Cachées] is an outdoor immersive performance that blends itself into the urban landscape. Supplied with headphones, the audience is temporarily endowed with the power to hear the thoughts of certain passers-by and to follow them through Downtown Brooklyn’s streets as reality and fiction intertwine. The audience follows four protagonists, slipping into their heads and delving into their deepest secrets, discovering four separate yet parallel stories. The question at the heart of the piece: “How can I live in a city of thousands, or even millions, and yet still feel so alone?” With Hidden Stories, Begat Theater proposes a collective and individual experience where each audience member is alert yet discreet; everyone they see is potentially part of the show and no two audiences see exactly the same thing.
“A completely new experience which must absolutely be seen.” -L’Impartial (SWITZERLAND)
“Begat Theater presents an insightful and deeply moving performance in the heart of the public space.” -Télérama (FRANCE)
“Street theater that speaks to the senses, that destabilizes and pushes aside preconceived ideas.” -Nice Matin (FRANCE)
Begat Theater seeks out innovative ways to frame the work of contemporary authors within the context of public space. Blending elements of performance art, environmental street theater, visual art, and sound installation, they develop new forms of dramatic writing that place their audience in an active role, where the boundaries between fiction and reality are blurred. Human diversity and the ambiguity of communications are recurrent themes, with the solitary characters who inhabit the margins of society. The company reinvents theatrical codes with each new piece they create.
Two performances each day, from 10/25 - 10/27. The meeting point will be sent the day before each performance.
Tickets are extremely limited - limit 2 per person. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your reservation.
This event is part of Brooklyn Falls for France, a cultural season organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and FACE Foundation in partnership with Brooklyn venues.