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The Quiet Volume | a FringeArts Production

Sat, September 7, 2013 10:30 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

FringeArts presents:

The Quiet Volume

Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells (England)

Enter the strange magic at the heart of the reading experience.

The latest of Ant Hampton's autoteatro works, a self-generated and "automatic" performance places the audience as performer and spectator. During regular hours at the Free Library of Philadelphia, two audience members sit side-by-side with headphones on. Cues some from words written and whispered, guiding an unlikely path through a pile of books. The slightest sounds from the headphones become intensely clear—or perhaps that sound came from an actual library patron shifting chair or closing a book.

The Quiet Volume exploits the particular tension common to libraries worldwide; a combination of silence and concentration within which different peoples' experiences of reading unfold. Audience members delve into a deeply internal world, transporting from one reader's sphere into another's.

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Part of the 2013 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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