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I Land—An Odyssey of You

I Land – An Odyssey of You, a multimedia, interactive work-in-progress by Anonymous Ensemble, will be performed at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts on November 12 through 14 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. The work will be further developed with input from audiences in Princeton before its New York City premiere in February. The performances are free and open to the public.

“Anonymous Ensemble invites you to spend an evening on an island far from your daily life, yet mysteriously inhabited by your inner life,” notes Eamonn Farrell, a director and media designer of Anonymous Ensemble in describing the experience of this new performance piece.

members of anonymous ensemble performing

The performance begins as a conversation between the Ensemble and the audience. The discussion transforms into a live film of an odyssey through the audience's collective narrative. I Land investigates the evolutions of the audience’s imagination as the Ensemble leads it on an expedition into “an uncharted terrain of commonplace fantasies and wildly improbable realities.”

Anonymous Ensemble creates new work that bridges the divide between stage and screen and strives to engender a new form of audience experience that encompasses the immediacy of live performance and the fluidity of film, and that is profoundly interactive. The audience members for each performance become co-creators of each event and central to each piece’s explorations of the human condition and collective storytelling.

“Anonymous Ensemble likes to think of their work as staged films that incorporate the immediacy of a live audience,” notes Farrell.

The Brooklyn-based Anonymous Ensemble’s 2001 inaugural work was an episodic, multimedia, rock spectacle, The Best, which was performed for five years throughout New York City and in Australia and Berlin.  The group’s interactive “narrative dance party,” titled Wanderlust, premiered in 2008 at the Ice Factory Festival in New York and then toured the United Kingdom and Norway. The Ensemble next traveled to Greece in 2010 to develop a live, bilingual “Rebetiko/Rock Documentary,” titled The Return, which premiered at the Roes Theater in Athens. Also in Greece, the group developed the first act of a multimedia theatre/opera hybrid piece, titled The Turing Opera, which was presented by the National Opera of Greece. Returning to Brooklyn, the Ensemble and an audience created Liebe Love Amour!, a “live film love affair,” which premiered in 2012 at the New Ohio Theater in New York City, toured the U.S. and is heading to the United Kingdom in 2014.

The performance of I Land will introduce Farrell and Anonymous Ensemble to the Princeton community. Farrell will teach a course in the spring semester that is cross-listed by the Lewis Center’s Programs in Theater and Visual Arts, titled “Live Film: Video Design for Performance.” The Ensemble will hold a workshop for Princeton students on the group’s creative process on November 14.

Farrell is a New York City-based writer and director who has created dozens of original shows and events in New York and beyond. His work has been presented in Athens, Berlin, Brisbane, Edinburgh, Oslo, London and elsewhere in the United Kingdom and the U.S. Aside from his own work, Farrell is the assistant director for Lee Breuer of Mabou Mines and has participated in most of his productions throughout the world in the past ten years. Farrell is also a video designer for theater, dance and opera and has designed shows for Bronx Opera, Megaron Musiki, Portland Center Stage and numerous New York City productions.

Student Workshop

Join cutting edge performance group Anonymous Ensemble for a unique workshop on “live film” performance! The workshop is being held on Thursday, November 14 at 4:30 p.m. in conjunction with three performances by Anonymous Ensemble of its new work in progress, I Land – An Odyssey of You. Students participating in the workshop should bring a laptop. During the Spring 2014 semester, Anonymous Ensemble member Eamonn Farrell will teach a course cross-listed in Theater and Visual Arts/Film, VIS 449/THR 449 Live Film: Video Design for Performance


Link to photo:
Photo caption: Production photo from I Land – An Odyssey of You, a multimedia, interactive, work-in-progress performance to be presented at Princeton 
Photo credit:  Photo by Tim Lueke


Event Information


Tuesday, November 12, 2013
8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
8:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
8:00 p.m.

Student Workshop
Thursday, November 14
4:30 p.m.
Pizza served following

Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio
185 Nassau Street

Free and open to the public


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