Experiment #23b (BROOKLYN MUSEUM)

For the BEAT Festival, the IPA created EXPERIMENT #23b (BROOKLYN MUSEUM), which drew upon their established community-based development process. The piece deconstructed the typical museum tour for 16 guests at a time, exploring the historic exhibition spaces as well as areas usually off-limits to guests. The project employed the talents of over 60 performers in addition to museum staff, security guards, and volunteer museum guides.




“Set somewhere between immersive theater and an alternate mapping project of the museum, the journey would take me from galleries to off-limits areas in a strange sequence of uncomfortable lectures, precarious dance, and a mummy-Egyptologist duet.”

“The joy of the experience was really to explore a museum that I thought I knew in a totally different way (not to mention the chance to run through the museum was quite fantastic, perhaps the positive answer to the question “have you broken a rule recently?” on the form was what got me on that track).”

“But what I was most left with was a curiosity about what they [The IPA] would do next, as any place we think we know can always be remapped into an entirely different experience, and it’s exciting that there is this network of performers who are taking risks with just that.”
Allison Meier, Hyperallergic
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“I need to say I’m on record as disliking interactive theater, and so my resistance to the expedition was strong. By the time, our small group of 15 or so went through a wedding ceremony on a service elevator, I was looking for the nearest exit. Then I recalled we’d been admonished to be ourselves, to “be natural.” So I became myself and, as a former history of art minor, began paying attention to the Museum’s collection, which I hadn’t visited in some time…In other words, the IPA may be on to something, after all: Do what you like and like what you do.”
David Finkle, Huffington Post
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Interview with the IPA co-founders in Brooklyn College News.

Review of BEAT Festival opening night in Dance Enthusiast.

Preview for Experiment 23b in The Brooklyn Paper.