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Dance Theater Workshop

While the theater world occupies itself with tricked-up British musicals, antique revivals, and the occasional serious effort, the idea of theater continues to mutate in unexpected quarters. Rock concerts, dance and performance art, site-specific sculpture, and cabaret acts are all working changes on traditional definitions of theater. Watchface is one of the handful of groups that approach theater in the classic avant-garde performance style associated with troupes like the Living Theater, the Open Theater, and Mabou Mines. The company employs a repertory ensemble of performers, and combines mixed-media presentation and a radical sociopolitical point of view to produce a brand of performance that owes as much to contemporary culture as to traditional theater. At the same time Watchface has staked out its own turf, adopting a more naturalistic (though still stylized) acting method and

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