During her residency, Annie Dorsen will continue to develop The False Peach, a computer play based on Hamlet, a literal “hamletmachine,” created by director Annie Dorsen and performer Scott Shepherd. This new project continues the investigation into theatre as a digital art, which Dorsen began with her last piece, Hello Hi There. The False Peach uses a mix of artificial intelligence software and live performance to explore computer creativity, language as the motor of the theatrical event, and the power of the live body onstage.
Obie award–winning director Annie Dorsen works in a variety of fields, including theatre, film, dance and, as of 2010, digital performance. Most recently, Hello Hi There premiered at the steirischer herbst festival (Graz), and was presented at Black Box Teatre (Oslo), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) and PS122 (New York), among others. She is the co-creator of the 2008 Broadway musical Passing Strange, which she also directed. Spike Lee has since made a film of her production of the piece, which was released theatrically by IFC in 2010 before being broadcast on PBS’s Great Performances. Also in 2010, she collaborated with choreographer Anne Juren on Magical (ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna, Side Step Festival Helsinki, Théatre de la Cité International Paris, Kampnagel Hamburg and others) and with Ms. Juren and DD Dorvillier on Pièce Sans Paroles (brut Vienna and Rencontres Choréographiques Internationales Seine-St-Denis, Paris). Her pop-political performance project Democracy in America was presented at PS122 in spring 2008. Her short film, I Miss, originally the centerpiece of Democracy in America, has screened at American Film Institute Festival (AFI Fest), SXSW Film Festival, The New York Film Festival’s “Views From the Avant-Garde” and the Nantucket Film Festival.