COIL 2017: Real Magic

January 05 - January 08, 2017


Ellen Stewart Theatre

Thursday at 6PM; Friday at 3PM; Saturday at 9PM; Sunday at 12PM

$20 tickets

Forced Entertainment (UK)
Theater | US Premiere

Co-presented with Performance Space 122

“Beckett meets trash TV” – Sascha Westphal, Nachtkritik (DE)

Caught in a world of second-chances and second-guesses, variations and changes, distortions and transformations, Real Magic takes you on a hallucinatory journey, creating a compelling performance about optimism, individual agency and the desire for change. In Real Magic, Forced Entertainment create a world of absurd disconnection, struggle and comical repetition. To the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, a group of performers take part in an impossible illusion – part mind-reading feat, part cabaret act, part chaotic game show – in which they are endlessly replaying the moment of defeat and the moment of hope.

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About the Artists

Forced Entertainment are a group of 6 artists who have been making performance since 1984 – questioning, pushing and breaking theatre to see what can be built from the wreckage. Based in Sheffield, UK, their work has been seen all over the world and was recently honored with the 2016 International Ibsen Award. Known for being a fearless innovator of theatrical form, Artistic Director Tim Etchells is the current recipient of the Spalding Gray Award from the commissioning consortium of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh; Performance Space 122 in New York; On the Boards in Seattle; and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.