Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts presents Number Zero (a space opera), a highly physical, semi-improvised, evening-length dance event about a small band of humans trying to survive a near-future world controlled by a sentient computer leader. The show is both a game and an experiment in real-time computer augmented performance.
Performers Deanna Bangs, James Graham, Ian Heisters, Pei-Ling Kao, Janine Trinidad, and Cuauhtémoc Peranda join Smith and Wymore on stage. An additional “role” is performed by the computer operating system, whose protocols were conceived and developed jointly by Smith and Heisters. In the spirit of Merce Cunningham’s chance operations Number Zero prevents the performers from memorizing any given sequence of movements in advance. This creates surprising, funny, poignant, and utterly unpredictable choices to happen on the stage.