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The Poetics of People: The Creative Enterprise

Performers stand spread out across a stage at attention.
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Friday, February 18, 2022
8:00 pm


Virtual Event


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
Open to the public
Free of charge
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Note: Originally scheduled for an in-person event on Thursday, February 17, 2022, this event will now take place as a virtual première on Friday, February 182022.

Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone, theater artists known as 600 HIGHWAYMEN, will take us through a retrospective journey of their past works, highlighting the wildly inventive and unique processes that lead to each of their captivating performances. Their work, seen all over the world, creates magnetic bonds between people that extend beyond the theater walls. Join us for an evening with Abigail and Michael, the standard bearers of contemporary theater-making” (Le Monde).

Their latest performance, A Thousand Ways, a triptych of encounters, is being presented by A2SF and UMMA in the 2021 – 22 season. Tickets are on sale now for A Thousand Ways (Part Two): An Encounter which will be presented in UMMA’s glass gallery March 8 — April 242021

Obie Award-winning 600 HIGHWAYMEN (Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone) have been making live art that, through a variety of radical approaches, illuminates the inherent poignancy of people coming together. Their productions exist at the intersection of theater, dance, contemporary performance, and civic encounter. Additionally, their work has been seen at Centre Pompidou (Paris), The Public Theater (NYC), La Jolla Playhouse (La Jolla), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Dublin Theatre Festival (Dublin), Onassis Cultural Centre (Greece), Bristol Old Vic (UK), Salzburg Festival (Salzburg), and Theaterspektakel (Switzerland). 600 HIGHWAYMEN are recipients of Switzerland’s ZKB Patronize Prize, and their work has been nominated for two Bessie Awards, a Drama League Award, and Austria’s Nestroy Prize. In 2016, Abby and Michael were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts. They are currently Associate Artists of IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space.

This program is presented in partnership with The University of Michigan Museum of Art and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival (A2SF). Presenting Partners: Detroit Public Television and PBS Books. Media Partner: Michigan Radio


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In accordance with the University of Michigan’s Standard Practice Guidelines on Freedom of Speech and Artistic Expression, the Penny Stamps Speaker Series does not censor our speakers or their content. The content provided is intended for adult audiences and does not reflect the views of the University of Michigan or Detroit Public Television.