adapted from la ronde by arthur schnitzler, with writings by n. katherine hayles, sherry turkle, maureen o'connor, and david levithan.
hangar theatre (ithaca, ny)//2014.
photography by rachel philipson.
choreography: hannah zimmerman.
scenic: derek miller.
costumes: becki stafford.
lights: dylan uremovich.
sound: jake jobes.
We live in a world where it’s possible to unlock your phone, swipe somebody right on Tinder, and be completely naked with them in 10 minutes flat without exchanging a single spoken word. Drawing from a 19th century German play, NYC dating blogs, TED talks, magazine articles, and N. Katherine Hayles’ foundational text, How We Became Postuman, THE GRIND sets out to ask: as the advent of new technology enables us to make sexual and romantic connections in less conventional, less personal, less ‘human’ ways, will the act of having sex as we know it become just of a ghostly relic of humanity’s past?
Has technology really fucked us over?