FuturePerfect is new performance, media, art and technology initiative founded by Wayne Ashley, the former Director of Arts in Multimedia at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). futureperfectfestival.org

Produced in partnership with leading national and international institutions, FuturePerfect highlights new hybrid performance practices, media forms and artistic ideas that continue to emerge as computers and other non-human systems become increasingly integral to contemporary culture.

And All the Question Marks Started to Sing, a new work by the Norwegian art collective Verdensteatret, was the opening event of FuturePerfect 2011

This is a short 35 minute documentation of the full performance shot and edited by artist and Verdensteatret's technical co-ordinator Piotr Pajchel.

And All the Question Marks Started to Sing was co-presented by FuturePerfect, Dance Theater Workshop and Performance Space 122. and took place at Dance Theater Workshop’s Bessie Schönberg Theater (219 West 19th Street) Thursday – Saturday, February 24 - 26, at 7:30pm; and Sunday, February 27 at 5pm.

In 2011, it will be 25 years since Verdensteatret’s 1986 founding. The group is recognized as one of the leading Norwegian art collectives, known for surprising uses of new and old technologies in the making of contemporary theater, performance and art. Verdensteatret’s works are presented internationally in a variety of contexts, including galleries, music festivals and theaters.

Based in Oslo and led by Lisbeth J. Bodd and Asle Nilsen, Verdensteatret has long had strong ties to the European, especially German, theatrical tradition that includes Brecht, Walter Benjamin and Heiner Müller. Following experiments in fields such as visual performance, environmental theater and text-based theater, the group has recently tended toward the ambitiously interdisciplinary. Today, Verdensteatret consists of video artists, computer animators, sound engineers, musicians, artists and a painter, among others. They collaborate in what they call a “flat structure” where “everyone has a hand in with everything.”

Verdensteatret’s members are: Lisbeth J.Bodd, Asle Nilsen, Håkon Lindbäck, Piotr Pajchel, Kristine R. Sandøy, Christian Blom, Eirik Blekesaune, Espen Sommer Eide, Hai Nguyen Dinh, Øyvind B. Lyse, Thorolf Thuestad, Ali Djabbary, Hans J. Skogen, and Gjertrud Jynge.

For more information: verdensteatret.com

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