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Published on May 16, 2014
(video credit: Jay Buim for Times Square Arts)
Times Square Arts, in partnership with Allied Partners and Brickman Real Estate, presented Dream of the Red Chamber, a performance for a sleeping audience, produced by Collapsable Giraffe and 3-Legged Dog. A literal dream play, the work was performed for an audience that is encouraged to experience the work while they fall in and out of sleep. This durational performance installation invited the audience to take an immersive journey through Cao Xueqin's 18th century Chinese novel "Dream of the Red Chamber" -- an epic love story between a stone and a flower, framed by a dizzying series of metaphysical dreams.
The set, video, sound, and lighting design of Dream of the Red Chamber, a performance for a sleeping audience transformed the vast basement space of the iconic Brill Building into an environment that advocates and facilitates sleep. The audience chose to experience the work while lying and/or sleeping in one of the many beds that filled the basement, or to sit and watch from a more traditional chair, as the performers traveled through the space and the story unfolded.