"Mind-blowing video images and theatrical tension."The New York Times
Since its inception in 2002 Temporary Distortion
has earned a reputation for pushing the boundaries of theater by staging unsettling, meditative performances in claustrophobic, boxlike structures. Featuring minimal physical movement and a uniquely restrained acting style, these four-dimensional theatrical installations bridge the gap between cinema, performance and visual art.
The performers never make eye contact, never touch, and barely move, as a constant stream of video is projected around them. Ironically more physical than the presence of the live actor, the world of the film unfolds in an alternate reality of blood, sweat, sex, and death. This continual juxtaposition of stage and cinema is one of complement, complication, and contradiction, suggesting multiple ways to interpret relationships between characters and to disentangle perpetually shifting narrative fragments.
Temporary Distortion is based in New York City, where its work has been presented at The Chocolate Factory, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater and Performance Space 122. The Company’s work has also been presented internationally at: Exit Festival (Paris, France), Gare Saint-Sauveur (Lille, France), LiFE (Saint-Nazaire, France), Mois Multi Festival (Quebec City, Canada), Salzburg Festival (Salzburg, Austria), Théâtre de l’Agora (Évry, France), Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse, France), Usine-C (Montreal, Canada), Via Festival (Maubeuge, France).
Articles discussing Temporary Distortion’s work have been published in The New York Times, TheatreForum, Live Design, Real Time Arts and The Brooklyn Rail. Forthcoming articles will be published in The Drama Review and Contemporary Theatre Review later this year.www.temporarydistortion.com