Archive for the ‘Events’ Category


Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Hare readies rl To make a world requires citizens - in nerve's case, citizen-artists, all of whom bring all they've got to the task and pleasure of making. It takes big talent, absolutely. But it takes more than talent to keep the world you've made alive: alive to every interaction, every word and moving moment, every second of Wonderland from the moment the entrance doors open until they finally close. Carpenter watches rl Pale King waits rl There is no "offstage." Red Queen 4 rl Lieder-29S091421 This process takes a lot of energy - a lot. And it takes a combination of bravery and brio, to trust (and keep trusting) yourself, and the other makers - and our patrons, who make the world along with us, every night. Lieder-29S091427 Cheshire Cat pounces rl After every performance - in the eventual light of the "real" world, outside, that somehow doesn't feel all that real anymore - our patrons tend to linger, to ask questions of each other, to laugh or to debate or all of the above. They come to performances, then come again,  seeking to see every bit of that world, to watch all the characters going about their business and their lives.   WRab vs Tweedle room rl   If you've come to us, stayed with us, played with us in the shifting landscape of strobe and twinkle and shadow  ... This world is yours. Which is why we call what we make consensual art. Because you, you're making it, too.   [All photos - John Denyer, Marisa Dluge, Chris Jakob, Rachael Harbert, Marianne Brass, Steve Xander Carson, Egla Kishta, Laura Bailey - courtesy Rick Lieder.]

How we act in the dark

Sunday, October 12th, 2014
Red Queen 4 rl   "... a darkly fun meditation on identity, a fantasia about authenticity and the sorrows brought by its lapses ...   Hare 4 rl   ... the poignant moment when the Hare bids farewell to Rabbit ....   Carpenter 5 rl The truest antidote to such atrocity was the Carpenter’s poetry, a few chance lines muttered in the dark." There are no innocent bystanders.   [Rachael Harbert, John Denyer, Marisa Dluge photos courtesy Rick Lieder.]

Making it up, making it ours, making it yours

Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Garden 1 rl Lieder-29S091421   Performative fiction starts when the text is chosen.   MD unicorn rl Lieder-29S091415   To turn it into a world that can be inhabited and explored, we first have to turn it inside out.   Tea Party 1 rl Cards rl 1   Components, signifiers, toys, and symbols have to be selected, decided upon, put into place.   w rab rl 3 Lieder-29S091427 Carp P Alice rl   And then the serious play begins, to make the ground for you to play with us, too, with your energies, your humor, your curiosity.   Lieder-29S091412 "All play moves and has its being within a play-ground marked off  beforehand ... temporary worlds within the ordinary world, dedicated to the performance of an act apart." - Johan Huizinga, Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture   [All photos, including Marianne Brass, Marisa Dluge, John Denyer, Laura Bailey, Steve Xander Carson, and Egla Kishta: Rick Lieder.]

The Wonderland playbill

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
  MB Tweedle 1 rl   Do you  have your ticket to Wonderland, are you coming to ALI<E?   Then please peruse the ALICE playbill! It tells you everything you'll need to know for your visit, including important information about our venue, attendance age restrictions, and tips on immersive performance, if these events are new to you. You can also meet our cast and learn who's who, and tip your Hatter hat to the creative team behind this edition of Wonderland. Please feel free to print out if you like - there won't be a paper version available at the event. And if you have any questions about the performance that the playbill doesn't answer, ask gonervenow AT   EK Cheshire 1 rl MD Carpenter 1 rl [All photos Rick Lieder: Marianne Brass as the Tweedle, Egla Kishta as the Cheshire Cat, and Marisa Dluge as the Carpenter.]

Between the hole and the mirror

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
ALI<E, nerve’s recreation of Lewis Carroll’s classic stories, considers life as a landscape of pleasure and shadows, a game of chess and the turn of a card, the scent of ancient moss, the bright taste of sugar. Lieder-Cards-16051410 Lieder-Alice-190914064 The White Rabbit’s energy, the Caterpillar’s questions, the Cheshire Cat’s meow, offer various kinds of direction to the seeker who looks to find a way. The Hatter and Hare pour the tea, pour the tea, pour the tea, because ritual is one way we try to make sense of time; the Tweedle’s melancholy search for perfect love is another. The Pale King and his deadly Red Queen remind us that chaos is everywhere, and that every game must have its end. And the Carpenter, who created this world (as well as myriad others), knows that that creative energy is always available, is always working on the side of growth.
Life is a mystery, even when you know where you’re going. We are born, all of us, through the rabbit hole, and we leave through the looking-glass. In between, there’s Wonderland. Lieder-Alice-190914_026   [All photos: Rick Lieder, including Laura Bailey as W. Rabbit.]    

Jump all over the furniture, yeah!

Monday, September 8th, 2014
The second part of the Examiner interview introduces the characters of our Wonderland - born from the imagination of Lewis Carroll, of course, but reimagined in ways that make them brand-new. Which is why performative fiction is such addictive fun: it's like playing in a world you love, but you get to move all the furniture around. And then jump all over it! There are so many books I love ... Which to reimagine next? images