Bryn Mawr College’s performing arts series has been presenting innovative works in the Philadelphia area since 1984. With Center support, Bryn Mawr has showcased the choreography of contemporary artists such as John Jasperse, Urban Bush Women, and Susan Rethorst, as well as international groups such as the Khmer Arts Ensemble and Compagnie Jant-Bi. In 2014, Bryn Mawr received Center funding to present Trisha Brown: In the New Body, a retrospective of selected dances by Brown, an internationally known leader of postmodernism whose work had rarely been seen in Philadelphia. A 2017 Performance project grant supported Bryn Mawr’s presentation of several immersive installation works by Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury. In 2020, Bryn Mawr received a Center Project grant for Algorithmic Theater, a multi-year residency in which theater artist Annie Dorsen will build on her decade of work that situates the digital world’s algorithmic influence on our everyday lives in dialogue with classical dramatic form, comprising a commission of new work, a mid-career survey, a publication, and a convening of scholars and artists in the technology field.
Theater artist Annie Dorsen will interrogate the consequences of digital communication and confusion about appearances, illusions, fakes, and copies in a new piece developed during a multi-year residency at Bryn Mawr College. The piece will build on her decade of work in what she calls “algorithmic theater,” using custom algorithms to generate and develop scripts and situating the digital world’s influence on our everyday lives in dialogue with classical dramatic form. The residency will also comprise performances of four of Dorsen’s past works—Hello Hi There, A Piece of Work, Yesterday Tomorrow, and The Great Outdoors—as well as artist talks, a convening of scholars and artists in the technology field, and a publication serving as an archive of both Dorsen’s productions and the most pressing concerns raised during the convening.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.