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"Baby," Said Alice B. Toklas... An Experiment in Self-Performing Theater

"Baby," Said Alice B. Toklas... An Experiment in Self-Performing Theater


Hanne Tierney


558 St Johns Place
Brooklyn, NY


Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 1:00pm weekly through May 15, 2016



Hanne Tierney

Baby, said Alice B. Toklas. . .

Conceived and constructed by Hanne Tierney

April 23 - May 15, 2016
Opening Performances: April 23rd, every hour from 1pm to 6pm

This self-performing theater revels in and transcends its own artificiality. The precise movements of two cloth figures, hula hoops, copper pipes, and fabric configurations are being controlled in plain sight by a wood and plexi glass device. An elaborate, visible robot brain sends messages to the device whose levers manipulate the strings of the performing materials, creating the movement, gestures, lights and dialogue.

The figures are Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, who are arguing over the worth of Stein's avant garde plays and operas. As they bicker, semi-abstract objects perform excerpts from two of Stein’s plays, confirming her conviction of her modernist genius. The music of Eric Satie evokes the zeitgeist.

Talented young engineer Oskar Strautmannis built the 12 motors and the robot.

The 15-minute performances take place in the large studio adjacent to the FiveMyles gallery space. An installation of several objects from Hanne Tierney’s previous performance works is on display in the gallery.


Performances on demand during gallery hours

Gallery Hours: Thu-Sun, 1 - 6 pm

Opening Reception: Sat., April 23, 5 - 8 pm


Directions: Take 2,3,4,5 train to Franklin Ave. in Brooklyn. Walk two blocks against the traffic on Franklin, turn left into St. Johns Place. Walk past construction site to FiveMyles.


For information contact:

Marine Cornuet 



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