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Performing Arts Series: 'Yesterday Tomorrow,' part of 'Algorithmic Theater'

Sep 15
8:00pm - 9:00pm
On Campus Event - Goodhart Hall, McPherson Auditorium
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“Haunting and strangely beautiful”

The New York Times

A new kind of musical, Yesterday Tomorrow (2015) is a collaboration between human artists and evolutionary algorithms. In this work, a chorus of live singers are fed a real-time algorithmically-generated score to create an environmental concert of song, machines, gestures, light and space. 

Beginning with the Beatles' “Yesterday,” algorithms slowly transform that song into “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie. Three singers receive the computer-generated music and lyrics both aurally and visually, and follow a movement score, also produced algorithmically, that moves them from a starting to an ending position. Each night, the spatial and musical path from the past to the future is different; neither the singers, the creative team, nor the audience knows where we will end up.

The singers onstage and the computer-generated melodies and lyrics blend to create a disorienting series of alternations: between human and machine, between sound and sense, between the recognizable and the utterly unfamiliar. Finally and eventually, it's a piece about the passage of time, about progress and regress, about the loss of one world and the optimistic creation of another.


Concept/Direction: Annie Dorsen

Music Director: Joanna Bailie

Computer Programming: Pierre Godard

Sound Design: Greg Beller

Additional Sound Design: Ian Douglas-Moore

Video Systems Design: Ryan Holsopple

Lighting Design: Bruno Pocheron and Ruth Waldeyer

Technical Direction: Ruth Waldeyer

Management / Production: Natasha Katerinopoulos

Performers: Hai-Ting Chinn, Emily Eagen, and Jeffrey Gavett 


Yesterday Tomorrow is a co-production of Holland Festival; Black Box Teater (Oslo); Performance Space 122 (New York); La Villette – Résidences d’Artistes 2015; TANDEM – Scène nationale Arras Douai; Théâtre de Gennevilliers with Festival d’Automne à Paris; Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg – Scène européenne; and Théâtre Garonne, Scène européenne, Toulouse. Made possible, in part, by The MAP Fund, with the assistance of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support provided through fiscal sponsorship and a residency at Mount Tremper Arts; and a residency at Abrons Arts Center.


General Admission: $20

Senior (65+): $18

Student (not Tri-Co): $10

Child (under 12): $5

Tri-Co: $0*

*Tri-Co students (enrolled at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, or Swarthmore College) may reserve a free ticket by calling 610-526-5300 or emailing

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Performances are September 15 at 8-9 p.m., September 16 at 6-7 p.m., and September 17 at 8-9 p.m. 

Audience: Public
Type(s): Performance
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