Torn Space Theater is known for edgy performances that make one think. So impresario Dan Shanahan thought that WNED|WBFO audiences might enjoy exploring some East Side (Polonia) spaces in a new light and then watching some performance art which will raise questions about the spaces we inhabit.
Founded by Dan Shanahan and Melissa Meola, Torn Space Theater puts on events that push the envelope, often aesthetically innovative performances in collaboration with actors, composers, sculptors, video artists and designers and often in unusual settings. In their upcoming event, the spaces are not necessarily unusual, but may be new to many, during LIGHT/STATION a "meditative walk-through performance" that leads from the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle (Torn Spaces "home") through the historic Polonia neighborhood where sculpture, sound design, light sculpture, and live performance guide the audience to the towering St. Stanislaus Church for a private organ concert with Kristin Gainey playing music by two of the greatest organ composers ever - Bach and Franck. The walks are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 16 through 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at 612 Fillmore Avenue (near Paderewski).
There is a dinner option following the walks (call 812-5733 for details) or one can come back tp 612 Fillmore at 7:30 p.m. for MAN MADE EARTH featuring the performance group 600 Highwaymen asking the question "How do the structures that we make push us together or keep us apart?" There is also a Saturday, November 17 2:00 p.m. matinee of this performance piece.
WNED|WBFO's Theater Talk co-host Peter Hall had conversations with both Dan Shanahan and organist Kristin Gainey.