[] the line. session 1, hand stories from The Hinterlands on Vimeo.

[ ] the Line, a first collaborative workshop between The Hinterlands, Poetic Societies, and a Tehran-based team of artists held at Play House (Detroit) and Pejman Foundation’s Kandovan space in Sept-Oct 2017

The Enemy of My Enemy is a hybrid digital/live performance project simultaneously linking performers and audiences in the US and our so-called “enemy” nations of China, Russia and Iran to explore nationalism, enemy-ness, and the Internet as an experiential “third space” for 21st Century performance.

Culminating in three visceral, bi-locational works – Detroit-Beijing, Detroit-Tehran, Detroit-Moscow – and including a series of site-specific interventions in the US and abroad, The Enemy of My Enemy team of actors, sculptors, musicians, video artists, choreographers, performance artists and philosophers are uniting together to peel back the layers of history, language, identity, and politics that divide us within the “free zone” where Internet and live performance meet.

Initial projects began in September 2017 with [] the Line, a telematic performance workshop with artists in Tehran and Detroit co-created and co-led by Ava Ansari/Poetic Societies, The Hinterlands, and Renee Willoughby, and in partnership with Pejman Foundation (Kandovan); research into technology and connectivity continued in December 2017 in Beijing with project partners choreographer Gu Jiani and Untitled Group (shikouwutuan).

Work on The Enemy of My Enemy is funded through the MAP Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Detroit Knight Arts Challenge 2016, the Network of Ensemble Theaters’ NET/TEN Exchange program, and Asian Cultural Council. Donate to The Enemy of My Enemy through our fiscal sponsor.