By Robert Whitman
WHEN: April 16 & 17 at 8 PM
WHERE: Simultaneously in the Alexander Kasser Theater, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, courtesy of Peak Performances, and on the banks of the Hudson River* near the Dia Art Foundation in Beacon, NY, courtesy of Dia: Beacon Art Center
TICKETS: $15 and are available at the Alexander Kasser Theater Box Office, by calling 973.655.5112 or online at http://www.peakperfs.org.
Charter bus service is provided from New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal—arcade on 41st Street between 8th and 9th Avenues—to the Alexander Kasser Theater ($10 per person, round trip) for all Saturday and Sunday performances. Bus reservations may be made by calling 973.655.5112 or by visiting http://www.peakperfs.org.
For restaurants close to the Alexander Kasser Theater, visit http://www.destinationmontclair.com
Whitman, a pioneer and master of multimedia installation and peformance work, re-imagines our ability to be in two places at the same time. A fiber optic network serves as our passport.
In this witty, poetic example of collaborative boundary-crossing, Peak and Dia transmit real time images unique to its own space: The expanse of the Hudson, the budding trees, the whistle of a passing Metro North train and a blazing row boat are transmitted to the Kasser Theater, while select happenings on the Kasser Theater stage, including a white-clad dancer
walking upside-down midair and an erudite discussion of the meaning of words are mixed together and shared. Video capture, wireless transmission and real-time image streaming create this magical jump in time and space. The result is a theatricalization of the visual arts and a visual art
experience in the theater.
Commissioned by both Peak and Dia, “Passport” represents a singular joining of two major, cutting edge arts institutions—a theater and a gallery—to create what would otherwise be an impossible artistic experience.
TICKETS: $10 general admission; $7 students, seniors; free for Dia members and children under 12. Free admission on Saturdays and Sundays for City of Beacon residents, by calling 845.440.0100 or online at www.diaart.org .
Dia:Beacon is located adjacent to the Beacon train station, which is served by Metro-North Railroad trains from Grand Central Terminal and Poughkeepsie. Trains run hourly in either direction during museum operating hours. For train information, visit www.mta.info or call 212.532.4900 or 800.METRO.INFO.
For train travel from north of Poughkeepsie, take an Amtrak train to Poughkeepsie and transfer to a Metro-North train. Beacon is the second stop.
From New Jersey and points South (and by bus from New York City):
Take the Garden State Parkway North until it merges with the New York State Throughway 87/287. Take I-87 North to Exit 17, I-84. Follow local signs to I-84 East and continue on I-84 East across Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Immediately after the tollbooths, take exit 11. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto Route 9D south. Turn right at the second light - Beekman Street. Continue on Beekman Street .5 miles. Dia:Beacon's entrance is on the right, marked by a gray sign
Dia: Beacon is located at 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508
DRAWINGS BY ROBERT WHITMAN; PHOTO BY BEN BLOOM