Annie Dorsen: Yesterday Tomorrow

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Annie Dorsen

McGuire Theater
1750 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403


“Perhaps the most experimental jukebox musical ever conceived.” —Bomb Magazine

Director and inventor of algorithmic theater, Annie Dorsen remounts her acclaimed multimedia work Yesterday Tomorrow, created with elements of chance and computer-based artificial intelligence. Ever intent on “nuancing the algorithm,” Dorsen starts with the Beatles’ “Yesterday” and ends with the song “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie, using software that randomly prompts three vocalists to sight-read the songs as they are deconstructed and reassembled. With the scores projected above them, the performers evoke the music’s emotional appeal in a hauntingly beautiful work of musical theater as playful as it is meditative, raising questions around the nature of human creativity in the age of artificial intelligence.

Program length: 60 minutes.