Sunday, March 15, 2015



Number Zero (a space opera) version 2.0


Created and Directed by Sheldon B. Smith and Lisa Wymore
March 19, 20, 21, 2015
Thursday - Saturday, 8:00pm Tickets: $15 - $20
“Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts’ zany Number Zero (a space opera) is truly a piece for our times.” Rita Felciano, San Francisco, Bay Guardian

Joe Goode Annex
1310 Mission St., San Francisco 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 2015 – Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts is proud to announce the return of Number Zero (a space opera) version 2.0, a highly physical, semi-improvised, evening-length dance theater performance about a small band of humans who live in a future world controlled by a sentient computer leader. Created by Sheldon B. Smith, Lisa Wymore and Ian Heisters, in collaboration with James Graham, and Pei-Ling Kao, Number Zero is an incredibly unique experience. The show is both a game and an experiment in real-time computer augmented performance that plays with the familiar sci-fi tropes of humans ruled by the machines that they themselves brought to life. The latest version will be completely revamped and re-imagined. Number Zero (a space opera) v2.0 runs March 19-21, 2015 at the Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco.

Smith and Wymore have shared a collaborative partnership for more than a decade. Recognized for their witty choreography and visual design, the award winning husband and wife team has performed for audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe.

In Number Zero, Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts enter the realm of science fiction. In the not-so-distant future, a group of six humans band together for companionship and survival on a foreign world where individual memories, dreams and identities are “outsourced” to cloud servers. The work is largely improvised in response to computationally derived instructions and scores sent to the performers live during the show. Each performance is unique as the set of instructions within the computational scores is programmed to provide new stimulus and puzzles with each rendition of the performance.

Performers Deanna Bangs, James Graham, Ian Heisters, Pei-Ling Kao, Janine Trinidad, and Cuauht√©moc Mitote join Smith and Wymore on stage. An additional “role” is performed by the computer operating system, whose protocols were conceived and developed jointly by Smith and Heisters. In the spirit of Merce Cunningham’s chance operations Number Zero prevents the performers from memorizing any given sequence of movements in advance. This creates surprising, funny, poignant, and utterly unpredictable choices to happen on the stage.

“We’ve created a set of circumstances in Number Zero in which the performers are asked, in a certain sense, to ‘survive’ the moment-by-moment unpredictability of a work that is continuously shaped by what appears to be an intelligent and authoritarian power,” says Smith.

Number Zero is a piece about the future,” adds Wymore, “but it’s also about where we are now in our relationship with technology and the choices we have about how we want to evolve with it.”

Tickets: $15 Students  $20 General Admission

Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts is a dance-theater company founded in 2001 by co-artistic directors Sheldon B. Smith and Lisa Wymore. Their work places the inherent beauty of the body in motion, both choreographed and improvised, in a deeply conceptual and human-centered environment that is supported and enhanced by technology. Smith and Wymore’s research has taken them from studio to stage by way of virtual and real locations on city street corners, desert landscapes, kitchens, canyons and science labs in search of timeless stories of passion, fear, longing, violence, humor and joy. From these investigations Disappearing Acts creates abstract narratives built on a foundation of physical experimentation, improvisation, text, song and digital image. The result is a new aesthetic that is at once oddly familiar and beautifully odd. Their work has won numerous awards including Best Interdisciplinary Performance and Best Use of Technology at Chicago’s PAC/Edge Festival 2004. They were nominated for Sexiest show at the 2005 Dublin Fringe Festival and were nominated for two 2006 Isadora Duncan awards for Best Choreography and Best Design. In 2006 their work was seen in San Francisco, Minneapolis, Zurich as well as several small towns in County Donegal, Ireland. In 2007, their son Will was born.

Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts presents Number Zero (a space opera), a highly physical, semi-improvised, evening-length performance about a small band of humans trying to survive a near-future world controlled by a sentient computer leader.

March 19, 20, 21 2015
Thursday - Friday, 8pm

Joe Goode Annex
1310 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

$15 Students  $20 General Admission


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