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Wolf359 Present TEMPING

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May 2016 Forum

May 24, 2016 - 7pm

The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
144 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023


For the May 2016 StoryCode NYC Forum we are thrilled to welcome the immersive theater innovators from Wolf349 (Michael Rau, Asa Wember and Michael Yates Crowley). The team will present TEMPING, a performance created anew each time for an audience of one. The strange story of a company at the edge of the recession, TEMPING is performed for one new employee at a time by computer, laser printer, voicemail, and Microsoft Excel.

TEMPING is a theatrical adaptation of the mortality tables used by insurance companies to calculate how long people will live. These tables are commonly used in many industries, although most people will never see them. We start with the idea, what if your job was to update these tables? What if you saw your own number?


Michael Rau (USA,) is an artist working at the intersection between live performance and digital technology. His most recent project was TEMPING, an immersive digital experience which premiered last fall at the 53 New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. Other notable work includes, “Absent” an interactive walking tour of an abandoned subway tunnel in Cleveland Ohio, which was awarded “best-of-fest” at the Ingenuity Festival. These two storytelling experiences were for solo audience members and blurred the lines between art, theater and interactive game. As a professional director, he directs operas and plays in New York City, and Europe. In NYC, his work has seen at The Public Theater, PS 122, the Bushwick Starr, and Ars Nova. Regionally his work has been performed at the American Repertory Theater, and Opera Santa Barbara He has taught at NYU, Wesleyan University, and Columbia University, and has created developed new work with New York Theater Workshop, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and The Kennedy Center. He most recently served as the associate director for David Bowie’s music-theater piece Lazarus.

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