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Marike Splint

“We participants become a shifting microcosm of society, witnessing each other’s and our own contradictions in the things we say about ourselves and the ways we actually behave. Such a communal encounter feels particularly poignant during an election season and at moment in our country when gaps in privilege are finally now more widely seen as causing gaps in empathy, and sometimes with terrible consequences.”
—Sylvan Oswald, riting.la
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 made possible through the generous support of: The Netherland-America Foundation, Performing Arts Fund NL, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.The Los Angeles presentation of the work was 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.

US Premiere

Live Arts Exchange / LAX Festival 2016


 

About AMONG US


Creative Team

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

Presentation History

Live Arts Exchange / LAX Festival (Los Angeles, CA) — September 2016
Oereol Festival (The Netherlands) — June 2015

Press & Links

“There are reoccurring questions that drive the content of my work, as well as the choice to use public space as an arena. How do people, place and identity correlate in a time of unprecedented migration flows? What does it mean to be rooted or uprooted? How do we relate to place when we are spending an increasing amount of time in ‘non-places’ such as hotels, airports, highways, and the Internet? How do we conceive of community when who we are is less and less dependent on where we are? These are all big questions, but ones that I believe resonate in a time in which social forms are constantly changing and radically transforming the experience of being human.”
—Marike Splint in an LAX Artist Profile by J. Alex Matthews

“a guided meditation mixed with a heightened social awareness” — Noah Nelson, No Proscenium 

“we participants become a shifting microcosm of society, witnessing each other’s and our own contradictions in the things we say about ourselves and the ways we actually behave. Such a communal encounter feels particularly poignant during an election season and at moment in our country when gaps in privilege are finally now more widely seen as causing gaps in empathy, and sometimes with terrible consequences.”
— Sylvan Oswald, riting.la

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