MINI SERIES — The Garden
OBERON Presents, Special events
October 21 - 30, 2016

By Nichole Canuso Dance Company

Oscillating between viewer and participant, four audience members embark on an intimate journey inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities and Jorge Luis Borges’ short story “The Garden of Forking Paths.” This immersive physical and aural experience leads audience via headset, on solo paths that intersect. Conceived and directed by Nichole Canuso, The Garden uses original music by Michael Kiley and James Sugg along with writing contributed by Jacki Sibblies Drury and Anna McDonald, to create a sprawling exploration of possibilities, executed on the smallest possible scale.

A.R.T. partners with the Harvard Art Museums as The Garden takes place in the stunning Adolphus Busch Hall, the former location of the Busch-Reisinger Museum. Founded in 1901 as the Germanic Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum is dedicated to the study of all modes and periods of art from central and northern Europe, with an emphasis on German-speaking countries. Adolphus Bush Hall houses the museum’s founding collection of plaster casts of medieval art and is the venue for concerts on its world-renowned Flentrop pipe organ. It serves as an extraordinary backdrop for The Garden.

Click here to see what performance times are available.

The Mini Series: Performance for Small Audiences is a series designed for audiences of one to twenty-five. These intimate experiences blur the boundaries between performer and spectator, challenging our notions of form and content. See more MINI SERIES events here!

A look inside 'The Garden': 

THE GARDEN 3 minutes

‘The Garden’ is an intimate, immersive show for tiny audiences. More

There are lots of conversations in performing arts circles these days about finding ways to expand audiences, both in terms of their demographic makeup and their sheer size. Another concern is tweaking the audience experience — finding ways to break down the traditional dynamic of performers onstage and ticket holders politely observing until they applaud at the end. More

Press Releases

OBERON, the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) second stage and club theater venue, presents The Mini Series: Performance for Small Audiences – a series designed for audiences of one to twenty-five. These intimate experiences blur the boundaries between performer and spectator, challenging our notions of form and content.

Click here to read an interview with Nichole Canuso on the inspiration of the piece. 

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Ticket prices

$35 Tickets. $25 Student Advance. $15 Student Rush (subject to availability) Tickets must be purchased by phone or in person. Tickets purchased at the performance are cash only sales.

Run time

The performance runs approximately 22 minutes.

Venue

29 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Need to know

The show will start promptly and this performance requires complete attendance (it’s only 4 people!). If you do not arrive on time, you will forfeit your ticket and you will not be refunded.

 

We encourage audience members to wear comfortable shoes as you will be asked to move around the space and climb stairs. In The Garden there are gentle instructions delivered to you from a headset to guide you from place to place and you will interact with dancers and other audience members, but you will also spend time alone and the level of physical involvement is entirely up to you.

Additional tickets for The Garden performances may be released daily during performance periods. There will be a standby line for each performance in the event that tickets become available. Information on standby procedures can be found at on The Mini Series page.

Click here to plan your visit to Adolphus Busch Hall.

Performance sponsors:

The Mini Series is made possible with support from Don and Susan Ware.