Britt Hatzius (United Kingdom / Belgium)
In the darkness of a cinema space, you sit blindfolded. A child seated behind describes, in hushed and fragile tones, a film that only they will see, and only this once.
Blind Cinema is an experience where the act of watching a film becomes a shared investment: a collaborative and imaginative act between seeing children and blindfolded adults. Focusing on that which lies beyond the sense of sight, your attention flickers between the internal world of the mind’s eye shaped by a whispering voice and the physical space of a darkened cinema shared by many. Through Blind Cinema, Britt Hatzius examines ideas around language and interpretation along with the potential for discrepancies, ruptures and (mis)communication.
“Through a simple exercise and allowing children to really try, to fail, and star, Blind Cinema is a sensitive and gentle connection with a developing mind.” – Hannah Sullivan, Total Theatre (UK)
Co-presented with SVA Theatre
in partnership with East Village Community School
Jan 9-12 – 5:30pm
at SVA Theatre,
333 West 23rd Street in Manhattan
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Direction and Concept: Britt Hatzius
Dramaturgy: Ant Hampton
Film: Britt Hatzius, Simon Arazi, Boris Belay, Maxim
Design & Production (blindfolds & contraptions): Britt Hatzius, Maria Koerkel, Gert Aertsen
Creative Producer: Katja Timmerberg
Britt Hatzius (UK/BE) works in film, video, sound and performance, exploring ideas around language, interpretation and the potential for discrepancies, ruptures and (mis)communication. Her work has been shown internationally at performance and media arts festivals, institutions and galleries. Recent collaborations include cinematic installation Micro Events (2012) with Tom Kok, interactive performance This Is Not My Voice Speaking (2013) with Ant Hampton and site-specific installation As Never Before, As Never Again (2014) with Ant Hampton.
Featuring two theaters, an elegant lobby and green room designed by Milton Glaser, the SVA Theatre hosts both intimate and extravagant events. The Theatre has been home to red carpet Hollywood premieres, awards shows, film festivals, conferences and theatrical events. svatheatre.com
Featured Image by Britt Hatzius.
Britt Hatzius’ Blind Cinema is commissioned by Vooruit (Ghent), Beursschouwburg (Brussels) and Bronks Theatre (Brussels) with additional support from Flanders State of the Art.