AMONG US is an immersive sound experience about the human instinct to belong, about the tension between the individual and the community, and about what you are willing to give up to not be alone.
In AMONG US, the audience is the protagonist. Which (im)possible communities hide among you? What forms could your temporary unity take? Who do you share memories with? Who lives in a completely different world? Who clings to the group and who prefers to stand along the side?
AMONG US is an experience in two parts bookending your day.
In the morning, you’ll meet at Union Station, where you are challenged to look at your surroundings in a different way. You’ll meet again the same day at sunset, at a secret location Downtown LA. Through a game of observation, dilemmas and choosing sides, your personal boundaries are questioned, and hidden social structures are gradually revealed.
Please note that this is a performance consisting of two parts on the same day: in the morning and at sunset. We kindly ask you to arrange your schedule in a way that allows you to attend both parts.
This is a standing performance. Please wear comfortable shoes.
LOCATION: Union Station (part 1) / Secret Location (part 2)
PERFORMANCE DATE: September 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, October 1, 2
FESTIVAL PASSES: available HERE.
Concept, direction and text: Marike Splint
Sound design and original music: Arnoud Traa
Voice: Thomas Dudkiewicz
Software developer: Sylvain Vriens
Project Management: Jacqueline Tozzi
Original version produced by: Roma B. & Oerol Festival
With special thanks to Sabine Pater, Lotte Rodrigo, Ilke Turpijn, Annemaike Mertens
AMONG US is made possible through the generous support of: The Netherland-America Foundation, Performing Arts Fund NL, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.
AMONG US is produced with Los Angeles Performance Practice in collaboration with Metro Arts Presents. Metro Art Presents showcases free arts and cultural programs at historic Union Station. Produced by Metro Art, the diverse, all ages programming is designed to creatively activate the landmark station, engage the Los Angeles community and attract new riders.
Marike Splint is a Dutch director specializing in site-responsive and immersive theater. She mainly creates work outside regular theater venues and in the public space. Fascinated by the theme of belonging, Splint explores the relationship between people, places and identity in her work. She has created shows in sites ranging from a bus driving through a transitional neighborhood to wide open meadows, taxicabs, train stations and hotel rooms. Her work has been presented at such theater festivals in the Netherlands as Oerol, Over het IJ Festival and Theaterfestival Boulevard. She also curated the 2014 edition of the site-responsive Winters Binnen Festival in Amsterdam. Splint received her bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of Amsterdam and her master of fine arts degree in directing from Columbia University. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and a Columbia University Merit Fellowship.
photo credit: Saris en Den Engelsman