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12 Tones


A collaborative collision.
Of movement and music.

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12 Tones


A collaborative collision.
Of movement and music.

tone |tōn|➔

noun
Music: A sound of distinct pitch, timbre, strength, and duration; a note.
Mood: The general character, attitude or atmosphere of a place, piece of writing, situation, etc.
Phonetics: The pitch of a word or phrase used to distinguish differences in meaning.
Color: The effect of brightness, deepness, hue and intensity on a particular tint or shade.
Physiology: The normal level of firmness in a muscle, tissue or organ of the body.

12 tones

Over a one year cycle the Mediums will work on a collaborative assignment  with 12 composers, one per month, each evoking a particular tone through music and mood in two ways: first, by composing a short score for a group of vocalists who will also add movement to it; second, by basing an instrumental work off of that vocal work. After a year of monthly compositions, each yielding two performed arrangements, we arrive at 12 compositions, each with a distinct sound, mood and color—12 Tones.

PREVIEW: Work by some of 12 Tones' featured composers and peeks into Medium Theatre Company workshops:

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8 Moves


A actual experiment about actors.
And those they act upon.

8 Moves


A actual experiment about actors.
And those they act upon.

move |mo͞ov|➔

noun
1 Physics: An instance of alteration in place, position, or state.
2 Choreography: A specific manner or style of dancing.
3 Real estate: A change of residence or business premises.
4 Games: An act of transferring a piece from one position to another; a player's turn to make such a change.
5 Relations: An action or maneuver taken that initiates or advances a process or plan.

8 moves

Tap, Slap, Push, Pull, Kick, Cover, Brush and Bite are the eight moves used in an actual neuroscience experiment at the University of Pennsylvania. While being devised by research psychologists, performed by hired actors, and then shown to test subjects, the eight moves began to take on a life of their own, usurping the place of sports and entertainment, punctuating everyday interactions between friends, coworkers and lovers, and highlighting the nature of who are the actors and who are the acted-upon not just on stage or in an fMRI, but in every facet of the human (and non-human) world.

8 Moves models: Greg and Stephen Holt. Photos by Alon Hafri.

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6 Chairs


A multiplayer game.
Played with seats of power.

6 Chairs


A multiplayer game.
Played with seats of power.

chair |CHe(ə)r|

noun
Furniture: A separate seat for one person, typically with a back and four legs.
People: One who holds a position of authority or dignity, such as a department head, bishop, or one who presides over a meeting.
Tennis: An umpire.
Music: The position of a player in an orchestra.
Slang: The electric chair.

6 chairs

Six chairs, one table and a bottle are the main characters in these short scenes about how decisions made by certain individuals can, and do, affect the lives of millions. Based on a game from Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, the Mediums are working with small groups of actors to create new pieces of physical theatre out of past political debates, famous scenes from stage and screen, and great works of children’s literature.