Rorschach Theatre’s aesthetic is a unique blend of dark magic, bold use of space and a signature fierce performance style. What other artists, in other mediums speak to this aesthetic?
The Rorschach team organizes monthly events where our artists and audience come together to explore art galleries, cinema, author events and other adventures that feature work with a Rorschach flavor: Other People’s Ink.
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)
June 23 at 11am
.. Each year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, a city of more than 75,000 people rises out of the dust for a single week …
That’s not the opening stage direction for our next show; it’s a description of the annual Burning Man Festival! Join us this month for a stroll through the No Spectators exhibit at the Renwick, displaying the installations of Burning Man. Additionally – in an especially Rorschach twist – the exhibit expands outside the walls of the gallery and throughout the Golden Triangle neighborhood. We’ll begin on a walking tour of the outdoor installations and then move inside for more art (and A/C).
Q: So what is this thing?
A: Rorschach Theatre’s aesthetic is a unique blend of dark magic, bold use of space and a signature fierce performance style. What other artists, in other mediums speak to this aesthetic? The Rorschach Team will organize monthly events where our artists and audience can come together to explore art galleries, cinema, author events and other adventures that feature work with a Rorschach flavor.
Q: Do I have to pay to be a part of this?
A: Nope. There’s no membership fee or sign-up. Some events we select will be free, others may involve purchasing at ticket or entrance fee. You’re responsible for purchasing your own tickets from the movie theater, museum etc, but that’s it!
Q: Are you going to ask me for money or a donation when I get there?
A: Nope. We’ll never say no to your donation if you wish to make one, but there’s not going to be any contribution forms, meaningful speeches or passing of the hat at these things. It’s really just a chance to hang out and do some fun things with other cool people.
Q: Can I bring friends or family?
A: Yes! Bring whoever you like. We’ll let you if there’s ever an attendance cap on an event, but generally everybody’s welcome anytime. [note: Like most Rorschach shows, some events will be kid-friendly, some not-so-much. Ask us if you want some insight on any particular event.]
Q: Who from Rorschach is going to be there and how will I find them?
A: The attendees will change from month to month probably, but you’ll usually find Artistic Directors Randy Baker and Jenny McConnell Frederick as well as Associate Producer Jonelle Walker and any number of other Rorschach friends and company members. At least a few of us will be wearing the Rorschach inkblot buttons. Come up and say hi. We’ll hook you guys up with an inkblot button too if you want one.
Q: So what do I get out of this?
A: Well, probably a button for starters (see above), beyond that you might make some new friends and at the very least you’ll see something cool you might not have thought to check out otherwise.
Q: What if I don’t like the movie/music/art I see in this program?
A: Better luck next time! We’ll do our best to come up with things we think are related to Rorschach’s aesthetic, but we’ll be experiencing many of these things ourselves for the first time too, so who knows. Rorschach bares no responsibility for accidentally inviting you to something that turns out to suck.
Q: I’m looking for a soulmate. Will I find them here?
A: While this is in no way the agenda of this program, Rorschach does have a very successful and largely unheralded track record for unintentional matchmaking in both our audiences and our artists. So anything’s possible!
January’s Ink: THE SHAPE OF WATER
Wednesday, January 10th at 7pm
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
February’s Ink: PARALLEL UNIVERSE @ ARTECHAUS
Monday, February 19th at 730pm
An immersive Visual Arts experience at ARTECHOUSE
March’s Ink: THE UTOPIAN PROJECTS @ THE HIRSHORN
ILYA AND EMILIA KABAKOV: THE UTOPIAN PROJECTS
Sunday, March 11 at 330pm
A contemporary art exhibit of light, sound, and motion models at the HIRSHORN MUSEUM