Butler Univerisity Theatre and Ball State Architecture Team Up for Salvaged Layerss

Butler University Theatre has a history of producing site specific theatre each year. In this method of creation, a collaborative group led by a director work together to create a piece of theatre presented in and inspired by an unusual space. Butler University Theatre teams up with Ball State University’s Department of Architecture in the Irving Theatre to create Salvaged Layers. The show offers a unique first time collaboration between these two schools, with an interesting visual concept. Performance are Friday, April 23 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, April 24 at 8:00 pm at the Irving Theatre, east of Indianapolis downtown. Tickets are $10.00 for Indianapolis people and $5.00 for Indianapolis kids with a valid student ID.

Butler University Theatre’s site specific seminar works in collaboration with fourth year design students at Ball State University Department of Architecture to create Salvaged Layers. Ball State students have worked to create a landscape inside the Irving Theatre that accents the theatre’s historic qualities. The architectural installations provide an interactive stage set for the performance and the audience. Their design work incorporates almost entirely salvaged materials such as re-purposed fabric from the recently demolished RCA Dome. These young architects are led by Professor Tim Gray.

Melli Hoppe, adjunct professor at Butler University and founder of Susurrus Performance Group, leads Butler University theatre majors through the creation of Salvaged Layers, a site specific Indianapolis performing arts piece based on the work of the Ball State architect students and the innards of the historic Irving Theatre. Their work is based on a collaborative, movement based method with the intention to almost literally breathe life into an unusual performance space.

In projects of this nature, two heads are always better than one. Work from departments of two of Indiana largest colleges or universities will almost certainly be better than one. Head to the Irving Theatre on East Washington Street to see how this unique collaboration comes to fruition this weekend. With only two performances, this is one Indianapolis performing arts event you won’t want to miss.

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Salvaged Layers
Friday, April 23 and 24, 2010

Butler University Theatre
Ball State University Department of Architecture

Irving Theatre
5505 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN