The Quiet Volume is an intimate theatrical experience about books, reading, and the communal experience of the library.
Two participants sit side-by-side at tables and don headphones. Taking cues from words both written and whispered in their ears, they find themselves burrowing an unlikely path through a pile of books.
The play, written by Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells, exploits the particular tension common to any library worldwide: a combination of silence and concentration within which different peoples' experiences of reading unfold.
Celebrating the Beinecke
The Quiet Volume takes place in the Reading Room of Yale’s spectacular Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, a 50-year-old New Haven institution dedicated to the preservation of rare books and manuscripts for research and discovery. Events taking place as part of the Beinecke's anniversary year also include walking tours, talks, and more.
Voices (English version): Ant Hampton, Seth Etchells, Jenny Naden
Artistic production: Katja Timmerberg
Binaural recordings: TiTo Toblerone
Commissioned and produced by Ciudades Paralelas, a festival of portable theatre curated by Stefan Kaegi and Lola Arias, in coproduction with Vooruit Arts Centre, Belgium
Tue, June 18, 2013, 9:30am
Wed, June 19, 2013, 9:30am
Thu, June 20, 2013, 9:30am
Fri, June 21, 2013, 9:30am
Tue, June 25, 2013, 9:30am
Wed, June 26, 2013, 9:30am
Thu, June 27, 2013, 9:30am
Fri, June 28, 2013, 9:30am
Tickets on sale April 16
MULTIPLE SHOWS DAILY
One-hour performances begin each half hour during the following time periods:
Tues, Wed, Thurs
(last show at 5:30pm)
(last show at 3:30pm)
PLEASE NOTE: Due to age restrictions for admittance to the Beinecke Library's Reading Room, children under the age of 16 are not admitted to this event.
ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED
Space is strictly limited to 2 audience members per performance. Come with a friend!
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