For Immediate Release

Beginning Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26, the performance group Liminal will present the performance installation, Handke Salmagundi,at Reed College. This event is sponsored by Reed’s Division of Arts and Division of Language and Literature.

Handke Salmagundi is a site-responsive performance art installation where Peter Handke’s playwriting is taken out of common modes of theatrical context and is reorganized into a synchronic place and time. The installation will surround the spectator with visual, aural and corporeal sensations that move in and out of space. 

Half theatre, half performance art, the production attempts to remove divisions between performer and spectator, while using selected words and actions of Peter Handke’s various early, middle, and late plays to frame the “drama” of the event. The result is a blend of techniques between two different periods in this century’s post avant-garde movement: first, the highly ritualized, self-reflexive, communal practices of performance from the late 60’s and 70’s; second, the hybridization of artistic mediums and resistant semiotic techniques characteristic of postmodern performance.

Much of the text and action for Handke Salmagundi was selected from the following Peter Handke Plays: Offending the Audience; Self Accusation; Calling For Help; My Foot, My Tutor, The Ride Across Lake Constance; and Voyage to the Sonorous Land. 

Handke Salmagundi is free and open to the public. Performances will be held on Friday, April 24; Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. The installation will open each night at 8:00 p.m. and will close at 11:00 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to come and go as they desire.

For further information or directions please contact Bryan Markovitz at 228-7231.