Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series presents Yesterday Tomorrow by Annie Dorsen Date: September 15
McPherson Auditorium in Goodhart Hall
150 N Merion Ave
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010
Region: Philadelphia & The Countryside
Hours of operation: 8 pm
Admission fee: $20 General Admission, $18 for seniors (65+), $10 for students (not from the Tri-College Consortium), $5 for children under five, and free for students from the Tri-College Consortium (Bryn Mawr College, Haverford, and Swarthmore)
Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series will present the first career retrospective of theater artist Annie Dorsen titled Algorithmic Theater. The retrospective, supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, is part of a residency advancing Dorsen’s work and examining the consequences of digital communications through theater. In Yesterday Tomorrow, three singers receive computer-generated music and lyrics both aurally and visually. The algorithmically-produced score begins with the Beatles’ hit song “Yesterday” and slowly transforms into “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie. Inspired by an artificial intelligence known as evolutionary computation, Yesterday Tomorrow gives a unique experience of the complexity and unpredictability of the present tense contrasted with the known past and the imagined future. Each night, the spatial and musical path from the past to the future is different; neither the singers, creative team, nor the audience knows the route the performance will take them.