The among us series (2015-present)
(Click on the pictures on the left to see a gallery for each version of AMONG US.)
AMONG US is an audio-theater experience that navigates participants through the streets of a city, while inviting active observation, quiet contemplation and self-revelation to explore the tension between our desire to belong, and our desire to be free. The audience members are the protagonists, and the city is the stage. A voice heard through headphones prompts the spectators to consider how they relate to the strangers on the streets and what they can imagine about their lives. The experience culminates in a game of choice and affiliation that gradually illuminates the hidden social structures that define us.
Each iteration of the work requires development: the text is adjusted to the new site, sounds from the environment are incorporated in the soundtrack, and the timing is tailored to the geography of the space. Over the last three years I created four iterations of the work: one in The Netherlands at Oerol, one in Downtown Los Angeles as part of the LAX Festival, one in San Diego by invitation of the Without Walls /WOW Festival La Jolla Playhouse, and one on the Santa Monica Pier by special commission of the Cultural Affairs Division of the City of Santa Monica. Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs Division is keeping the project in their repertoire and monthly performances are scheduled for 2018.
Concept, direction and text: Marike Splint
Sound design: Arnoud Traa
Voice: Thomas Dudkiewicz
Software developer: Sylvain Vriens
Assistant director: Anne Maike Mertens
This project has been realized with generous support of: Oerol Festival, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunsten, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Consulate General of the The Netherlands in New York, UCLA School of Theater Film and Television, The Netherland-America Foundation.