Storrs, CT, August 27, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- Anna Lindemann’s New Cross-Disciplinary Performance Delves Into the Social Lives of Ants and Humans (September 6 - 8).
“A unique tour-de-force of science-inspired art. Anna Lindemann is a brilliant animator, composer, and performer... [her] work marks the birth of a whole new genre.”
- David Rothenberg (author, philosopher, musician)
Animator, composer, and performer Anna Lindemann premieres her newest work, "The Colony," an art-science performance about sisterhood and the evolution of communication in two of the most social creatures on earth: humans and ants. Three performances on September 6 - 8 take place at the Studio Theatre, located on the University of Connecticut Storrs campus. Tickets are free, with reservations highly recommended, by visiting www.thecolony.show.
In this performance, Lindemann herself portrays the loving, bookish, and stubborn Mona as she struggles to reconnect with her estranged relatives, performed by soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon and pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough. Mona turns to the ant colony for inspiration and direction. With more than 500,000 ant sisters migrating, raiding, and even reproducing as one superorganism, an army ant colony appears to Mona as the paragon of successful social existence. Co-written by Lindemann and Emma Komlos-Hrobsky and directed by Michael Hofmann, "The Colony" ventures into speculative fiction and includes projected animations and imagery alongside live spoken and musical performance, all informed by scientific research on ant colonies.
Funny, poignant, enlightening, and just the right amount of strange, "The Colony" aims to kindle a sense of awe and understanding of our diverse biological world, while using the ant colony as a lens for understanding the ever-present challenge of human connection. As part of a new genre called Evo Devo Art, "The Colony" weaves together evolutionary and developmental biology (Evo Devo) with multidisciplinary art. Audiences can expect to be entranced by visualizations of ant pheromone trails, a musical aria from the perspective of an ant queen, and a dance sequence set in a grocery store inspired by army ant swarm raids. In all, "The Colony" juxtaposes forms of biological communication – which have developed over millions of years – with modern technological media as a means of grappling with the paradox of acute loneliness in a world more connected than ever.
"The Colony"’s script is co-written by Lindemann and Emma-Komlos Hrobsky; Lindemann also composed the music and directed animations by Sarah Shattuck, Jasmine Rajavadee, Allie Marsh, and herself. Michael Hofmann directs, with costumes by Brittny Mahan, lights by Sam Biondolillo, sound by Katie Salerno, and additional film direction by Ryan Glista.
"The Colony" draws visual materials and research in part from the world-class Carl W. and Marian E. Rettenmeyer Army Ant Guest Collection housed at the University of Connecticut and is one of a number of “AntU” initiatives inspired by the collection.
An art-science performance on social life by Anna Lindemann
Script by Anna Lindemann and Emma Komlos-Hrobsky
Mona - Anna Lindemann
Hennie / Soprano / Ant Queen - Lucy Fitz Gibbon
Ian / Keyboard - Ryan MacEvoy McCullough
Composer - Anna Lindemann
Animation Art Director - Anna Lindemann
Animators - Sarah Shattuck, Jasmine Rajavadee, Allie Marsh, Anna Lindemann
Film Direction - Ryan Glista and Anna Lindemann
Consulting Director - Michael Hofmann
Costume Designer - Brittny Mahan
Lighting Designer - Sam Biondolillo
Sound Engineer and Sound Designer - Katie Salerno
(Full performance credits can be found at https://www.thecolony.show/#credits-section)
The Studio Theatre
802 Bolton Rd, Storrs, CT 06269
University of Connecticut
Friday, September 6 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 7 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 8 at 2:00 pm
Tickets: Free, reservations encouraged
Reserve by visiting www.thecolony.show or Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-colony-tickets-66080310989